Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex

Rho Ophiuchi Cloud

Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex
Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA


A rich collection of colorful astronomical objects is revealed in this picturesque image of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Explorer, or WISE. The Rho Ophiuchi cloud (pronounced ‘oh-fee-yoo-ki’ and named after a bright star in the region) is found rising above the plane of the Milky Way in the night sky, bordering the constellations Ophiuchus and Scorpius. It’s one of the nearest star-forming regions to Earth, allowing us to resolve much more detail than in more distant similar regions, like the Orion nebula. — from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)

I foresee that many of my visitors will come from this beautiful formation. Such rich fodder for my imagination!

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