NGC 1807 is a spiral galaxy about 80 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Cetus. The apparent menacing red glow in this false color image actually corresponds to clouds of cold molecular gas, the raw material from which stars are made. The clouds were imaged in radio wavelengths by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The bluish regions in the background reveal older, already formed stars, imaged by the Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT).
Image Credit: ESO