Look through the cosmic cloud cataloged as NGC 281 and you might miss the stars of open cluster IC But, formed within the nebula, that cluster's young, massive stars ultimately power the pervasive nebular glow.
This nebula, which is in the constellation of Scutum, has no common name since it is hidden behind dust clouds. It takes an infrared telescope like NASA's Spitzer to see through this dark veil and reveal this spectacular hidden nebula.
The Seyfert galaxy NGC in the constellation of Fornax (The Furnace), is seen in this image taken by ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). A tiny elliptical companion galaxy, NGC is also visible at the top left. - Credit: ESO/R.
The Iris Nebula, NGC lies light-years away in the constellation Cepheus. Atoms floating in the interstellar medium, including carbon and silicon, combine into tiny particles about the dimension of a visible light wave, causing scattering of light.