The beauty of the universe, a great blue nebula.

This wispy blue cloud of gas and dust is a star-forming region surrounding the star R Coronae Australis, which is about 420 light-years away. The new portrait was taken with the Wide Field Imager at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. The image, a combination of 12 separate snapshots in three different colors, depicts a young family of stars still embedded in and interacting with the cloud of dust and gas from which they formed.

via Beautiful New Image of a Rare Blue Nebula | Wired Science

It is amazing what beauty and absolute wonder that there is out in the universe.  Sure this is a bit of hyperbole but pictures like these help to remind us what is out there beyond Earth.

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