These false-color image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the 'South Pillar' region of the star-forming region called the Carina Nebula. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Colorado Animation: NASA/JPL-Caltech/NOAO/AURA/NSF)
A spectacular NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the heart of the Lagoon Nebula. Seen as a massive cloud of glowing dust and gas, bombarded by the energetic radiation of new stars, this placid name hides a dramatic reality.
ESA European Southern Observatory - 6 December 2012 "Carina Nebula" - First released image taken by the Very Large Telescope Survey Telescope (VST) equipped with OmegaCam, a CCE camera (ESA/ESO/VPHAS+Consortium/Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit)
NGC 7023 (Iris Nebula) – Within the Iris, dusty nebular material surrounds a hot, young star. The dominant color of the brighter reflection nebula is blue, characteristic of dust grains reflecting starlight.
The star cluster Hodge 301 is an old cluster. Many of its stars have already exploded as supernovae. The filaments in the upper left corner have been compressed by the explosions of these stars. Elsewhere in the picture news stars are being born.