November 2019 - Picture of the Month
Sharpless 239 in Taurus
Back to more nebulous goodness after last month's galactic interlude. I've picked a past APOD again in this fabulous image of Sharpless 239 which can be found to the east of the Hyades at the southern limits of the Taurus molecular cloud.
This three light-year wide gas cloud features a dark nebulae (LDN1551) which is back-lit by the newly forming hot stars that are hollowing out those caves on either side.
I think the detail and depth is stunning, and Adam also contributed his colour data to enhance this image captured with the Subaru 8.2m telescope.
James Whinfrey - Website Administrator.