A Tendril of Gas and Dust Snakes Through Space

Five light years wide, but over 280 lightyears in length, the G49 filament winds through space. Where it is brightest, it is also coolest, and that’s where stars are being created.

Image: ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/Ke Wang et al. 2015

Contact the author at katharine@io9.com.


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