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Surprise within a Cloud

This image shows a region of the Milky Way that lies within the constellation of Scorpius, close to the central plane of the galaxy. The region hosts a dense cloud of dust and gas associated with the molecular cloud IRAS 16562-3959, clearly visible as an orange smudge among the rich pool of stars at the centre of the image.

 

More information: www.eso.org/public/images/potw1448a/

 

Credit:

ESO/VVV Team/A. Guzmán

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Taken on December 1, 2014