Here we have detail of NGC 6357 from Suburban Melbourne, Australia.
We have some truly bizarre shaped DSO's in the southern Hemisphere. This one's known as the "Lobster Nebula".
A very challenging to process too- being a precision balancing act rendering nebulous gas & the fine details...
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43x600 O3 3nm
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Cataloged as NGC 6357, the Lobster Nebula houses the open star cluster Pismis 24 near its centre, a home to unusually bright and massive stars.
The overall blue glow near the inner star forming region results from the emission of ionised hydrogen gas.
The surrounding nebula, holds a complex tapestry of gas, dark dust, stars still forming, and newly born stars.
The intricate patterns are caused by complex interactions between interstellar winds, radiation pressures, magnetic fields, and gravity.
NGC 6357 spans about 400 light years and lies about 8,000 light years away toward the constellation of the Scorpion. (apod)
Kinda looks like Deep Space 9 too!
Thanks for looking,