Behold the great vanishing blobs of the Carina Nebula

Just like when storm clouds are swept away to let the Sun shine through, the dark molecular clouds that once engulfed the Carina Nebula are now evaporating, with these little brown blobs the last remnants of once mighty cosmic formations. » 4/29/12 2:30pm 4/29/12 2:30pm

This star-making gas cloud is so cold, it's invisible

This zigzagging, orange-ish ribbon of dust and gas is one of the closest star-forming regions to Earth, just 450 light-years away. And yet in visible light, this looks like just a dark patch of nothing in empty space. » 2/16/12 5:58pm 2/16/12 5:58pm