Royalty-free astronomy stock photo of infant stars glowing in the Serpens star-forming region, about 848 light-years away in the Serpens constellation.
The reddish-pink dots are baby stars deeply embedded in the cosmic cloud of gas and dust that collapsed to create it. A dusty disk of cosmic debris, or "protoplanetary disk," that may eventually form planets, surrounds the infant stars.
Wisps of green throughout the image indicate the presence of carbon rich molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. On Earth, these molecules can be found on charred barbecue grills and in automobile exhaust. Blue specks sprinkled throughout the image are background stars in our Milky Way galaxy.
Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UT Austin [0003-0710-2308-3442] by 0003