Rosy red nebula glows in gorgeous new ESO telescope photo

telescope image of a rosy-red nebula in deep space, with bright bluish-white stars in the background.


A rosy red nebula takes center stage in a new photo from the European Southern Observatory (ESO). 

The expansive cloud of dust and gas, known as IC1284, is an emission nebula, a bright, diffuse cloud of ionized gas that emits its own light. This particular emission nebula, found at the center of the image, glows red from active star formation and the fusion of hydrogen in the region.