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and bright nebulae in this telescopic southern sky view
are telltale signs of young stars and
They lie a mere 650 light-years away,
at the boundary
and the Chamaeleon molecular cloud complex.
Regions with young stars identified as dusty reflection nebulae
from the 1946
include the C-shaped Ced 110 just above and left of center,
and bluish Ced 111 below it.
Also a standout in the frame, the orange tinted V-shape of the
Chamaeleon Infrared Nebula
(Cha IRN) was carved by material streaming from a newly formed low-mass star.
The well-composed image
spans 1.5 degrees.
That’s about 17 light-years at the estimated distance of the nearby
Chamaeleon I molecular cloud.