Rho Ophiuchi: A Colorful Cosmic Cloud in Photos

The Rho Ophiuchi nebular complex is a beautiful, gigantic cloud of colorful cosmic dust and gas located 460 light-years from Earth in the constellation Ophiuchus . It’s one of the closest stellar nurseries to the solar system and one of the most-photographed objects in the night sky. Astrophotographers Warren Keller, Jim Misti and Steve Mazlin teamed up to create this stunning 4-panel mosaic of the nebula, “I think its dusky and mysterious aura as compared to the generally brighter, super-saturated ones, is what’s alluring,” Keller told Space.com.

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