Milky Way and Badlands, picture stitched together digitally. Astronomy Picture of the Day Aug. 18, 2009

Milky Way and Badlands, picture stitched together digitally. Astronomy Picture of the Day Aug. 18, 2009

Stargazing the Milky Way over Aristarchos Telescope by Alexandros Maragos, via Flickr

Stargazing the Milky Way over Aristarchos Telescope by Alexandros Maragos, via Flickr

It’s stars versus gas mountains in NGC 2174 and the stars are winning. More precisely, the energetic light and winds from massive newly formed stars are evaporating and dispersing the dark stellar nurseries in which they formed. The structures of NGC 2174 are actually much thinner than air and only appear as mountains due to relatively small amounts of opaque interstellar dust. A lesser known sight in the nebula-rich constellation Orion, NGC 2174 can be found with binoculars near the he...

It’s stars versus gas mountains in NGC 2174 and the stars are winning. More precisely, the energetic light and winds from massive newly formed stars are evaporating and dispersing the dark stellar nurseries in which they formed. The structures of NGC 2174 are actually much thinner than air and only appear as mountains due to relatively small amounts of opaque interstellar dust. A lesser known sight in the nebula-rich constellation Orion, NGC 2174 can be found with binoculars near the he...

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