The European Southern Observatory at the Paranal Observatory in Chile (ESO) and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have reportedly captured an image of the Lobster Nebula, a "cluster of dust and stars located nearly 10,000 light-years from Earth," Science Recorder noted Wednesday.
According to ESO, the image was captured using its Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA). The nebula's study is just a small part of a huge survey titled, "VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea.".
According to ESO, the Lobster Nebula, also known as NGC 6357, is located in the constellation of Scorpius and contains thousands of stars that burn blue, white, and orange. The purple gasses that spread from the center create the illusion of a lobster crawling through space, hence the galaxy's name.
The nebula's image could provide astronomers with large amounts of information on how young stars grow and evolve in the universe, Science Recorder noted.