Monoceros R2 nebulae, infrared image

Monoceros R2 nebulae, infrared image

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Credit: J. EMERSON/VISTA/EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Monoceros R2 nebulae, infrared image. This star formation region is an association of massive hot young stars illuminating a collection of reflection nebulae, embedded in a large molecular cloud. Monoceros R2 is located around 2700 light years from Earth, in the constellation of Monoceros. This image was obtained with the VIRCAM (VISTA Infrared Camera) instrument on the VISTA (Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy) telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory. Image published in 2010.

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Keywords: 2010, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, hot, infrared, molecular cloud, monoceros, monoceros r2, nebula, nebulae, reflection nebula, space, star formation region, starbirth region, stars, universe, vircam, visible and infrared survey telescope for astronomy, vista, vista infrared camera, young

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