Field of Science


Cat’s Paw Nebula

NGC 6334 is one of the most active nurseries of massive stars in our galaxy and has been extensively studied by astronomers. The nebula conceals freshly minted brilliant blue stars — each nearly ten times the mass of our Sun and born in the last few million years. The region is also home to many baby stars that are buried deep in the dust, making them difficult to study. In total, the Cat’s Paw Nebula could contain several tens of thousands of stars. -- Press Release

The Cat’s Paw Nebula (NGC 6334)Credit: ESO

Wide view centred on the Cat’s Paw Nebula (NGC 6334)Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2