Another Cat Picture on the Web

The Cat's Paw RemasteredNot the whole cat, just his paw. This is the Cat’s Paw Nebula (aka NGC 6334). It’s found in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). Although it appears to be close to the center of the Milky Way in the sky, it is relatively near to Earth, about 5500 light-years away. It’s about 50 light-years across.

The Cat’s Paw is one of the most active star formation regions in the galaxy, containing massive, brilliant blue stars which have formed within the last few million years. It probably contains on the order of ten thousand stars. but many are hidden from view by the dust clouds fueling the rapid star formation.

Image Credit: ESO

BTW, not all catspaws are in space.

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