Pretty Space Pics: The Dark, Artistic Center of the Omega Nebula

Omega Nebula Painting

NASA, H. Ford (JHU), G. Illingworth (UCSC/LO), M.Clampin (STScI), G. Hartig (STScI), ACS Science Team, and ESA

Today's pretty space pic, of the dark, cloudy center of the Omega Nebula, strikes our fancy due to its ominous scratchiness, like a beautiful cerulean and red painting marred by handfuls of dirt scraped across its surface. The nebula is about 5,000 light-years away, and is a famous star-forming region--those individual little dots glowing through the haze are young stars. See more pretty space pics here. [via APOD]