Nebula NGC 1999 sets the dark on fire

In space, dense clouds of cosmic gas and dust are the birthplaces of new stars. In visible light, this dust is often dark and obscuring, concealing the stars behind it.

This "tranquil" galaxy is home to violent events

The ESO's (European Southern Observatory) Very Large Telescope recently captured a new image of galaxy NGC 1187 - originally discovered by William Herschel in 1784.