At the heart of the Orion Nebula, are four hot, massive stars known as the Trapezium. Gathered within a region about 1.5 light-years in radius, they dominate the core of the dense Orion Nebula Star Cluster.
These unusual blobs found in the Carina nebula, some of which are seen floating on the upper right, might best be described as evaporating. Ironically the blobs, otherwise known as dark molecular clouds, frequently create in their midst the very stars that later destroy them.
In the depths of the dark clouds of dust and molecular gas known as the Omega Nebula, stars continue to form. The above image from the Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys shows exquisite detail in the famous star-forming region. The dark dust filaments that lace the center of Omega Nebula were created in the atmospheres of cool giant stars and in the debris fromsupernova explosions.
In the painting a group of nymphs have been surprised, while bathing in a secluded pond, by a lascivious (lustful) satyr. Some of the nymphs have retreated into the shadows on the right; others, braver than their friends, are trying to dampen the satyr’s ardor by pulling him into the cold water. Oil on Canvas. By artistWilliam-Adolphe Bouguereau in 1873.
30 Doradus, the red and pink gas indicates a massive emission nebula, although supernova remnants and dark nebula also exist there. The bright knot of stars left of center is called R136and contains many of the most massive, hottest, and brightest stars known.