This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a relatively nearby star-forming region known as IRAS 16562-3959. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Fedriani, J. Tan

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is full of color and activity. It has a relatively nearby star-forming region called IRAS 16562-3959, located within the Milky Way about 5,900 light-years from Earth in the constellation Scorpius.

Observations from Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 create this image. Its detailed color value is the result of four separate filters. These thin slivers of highly specialized material can slide in front of the device. , allowing very specific wavelengths of light to pass through each observation. This is useful because certain wavelengths of light can tell us about the composition, temperature, and density of a region.

In the center of the image, IRAS 16562-3959 likely hosts a massive star—about 30 times the mass of our Sun—that is still in the process of forming. Shadowy clouds appear darker because there is more light-hazing dust that blocks the near-infrared. Hubble observed. However, the near-infrared light mainly comes from two sides—upper left and lower right—where a powerful jet from the massive protostar has swept away the dust. Multi-wavelength images like this incredible Hubble view help us better understand the shape of the biggest, brightest star in our galaxy.

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