The Cone Nebula NGC 2264
Depicts: The Cone Nebula, NGC 2264
Copyright: Rodger Thompson, Marcia Rieke and Glenn Schneider (University of Arizona), and NASA
The Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and
Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) has peered into the
Cone Nebula, revealing a stunning image of six baby sun-like
stars surrounding their mother, a bright, massive star.
Known as NGC 2264 IRS, the massive star triggered the
creation of these baby stars by releasing high-speed
particles of dust and gas during its formative years.
Last Update: 1 September 2019