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Cosmic Chamaeleon

27 Nov 2017, 09:40 UTC
Cosmic Chamaeleon ESA/Herschel; acknowledgement: Á. Ribas

A dark cloud when observed with optical telescopes, the Chamaeleon I region reveals itself as an active hub of star formation in this far-infrared image from ESA’s Herschel space observatory. Only around 550 light-years away in the southern constellation of Chamaeleon, it is one of the closest areas where stars are bursting into life.

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