Star Formation in the Tadpole Nebula
tadpole nebula NASA. Dusty emission in the Tadpole nebula, IC 410, lies about 12,000 light-years away in the northern constellation of the Charioteer (Auriga). The cloud of glowing gas is over 100 light-years across, sculpted by stellar winds and radiation from embedded open star cluster NGC 1893. Formed in the interstellar cloud a mere 4 million years ago, bright newly formed cluster stars are seen all around the star-forming nebula. The featured image was taken in infrared light by NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite.
Image Credit: WISE, IRSA, NASA; Processing & Copyright: Francisco Antoninus (Tadpole nebula)