This is a picture of part of the Carina Nebula that bears a striking resemblance to one of my favorite hand gestures to use while driving. And no, not the one where you pretend you're shooting everyone around you with lil' laser blasters, although that is a close second. *pew pew pew pew pew!*
This dense cloud of gas and dust is being deleted. Likely, within a few million years, the intense light from bright stars will have boiled it away completely. Stars not yet formed in the molecular cloud's interior will then stop growing. The cloud has broken off of part of the greater Carina Nebula, a star forming region about 8000 light years away. Newly formed stars are visible nearby, their images reddened by blue light being preferentially scattered by the pervasive dust.
BOOM -- astronomy lesson! Also, if there's one thing I can't stand it's pervasive dust. That stuff gets everywhere! No lie, one time I took off my pants to change into my jammies and a dust cloud billowed out of my boxers. "GW, that wasn't dust, those were crabs." Haha, yeah I know.
Astronomy Picture of the Day [antwrp]
Thanks to captainlaziness, who I honestly can't believe had the strength to send a tip. I'm proud of you.