A rosy-hued, star-forming region of the cosmos thousands of light-years from Earth glows in a beautiful new photo.

The new image represents one of the sharpest photos of the region Messier 17, a nebula about 15 light-years across and located about 5,500 light-years away from our solar system, according to a statement from the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

“Its coloring is a signature of glowing hydrogen gas,” ESO said in a statement. “The short-lived blue stars that recently formed in Messier 17 emit enough ultraviolet light to heat up surrounding gas to the extent that it begins to glow brightly. In the central region the colors are lighter, and some parts appear white.” Read more…

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A rosy nebula glows in new deep space photo