The hidden fires of the #FlameNebula | The VISTA image shows the spectacular region of star formation known as the Flame Nebula or NGC 2024 in the constellation of Orion (the Hunter) and its surroundings. In visible-light images of this evocative object, the heart of the nebula is completely hidden behind obscuring dust, but in the view taken in infrared light VISTA the cluster of very young stars in the heart of the object is revealed.
The Chaotic Gorgeousness of Starbirth: "This cloud is a sprawling stellar nursery, a dense cloud that’s still collapsing, fragmenting, and creating stars hither and yon. One feature of many young stars is that they rotate rapidly, and are still surrounded by the thick disk of gas and dust from which they formed. Their still-intense magnetic fields get wound up like a corkscrew, and this can launch twin beams of matter out from the poles of the star."