IC 2944, a large H II region (star forming cloud) in the southern constellation of Centaurus. The bright blue star near the c...
IC 2944, a large H II region (star forming cloud) in the southern constellation of Centaurus. The bright blue star near the center is Lambda Centauri. The cluster of hot blue stars in the center are illuminating the gases of IC2944 and causing it to glow in the red and magenta light of excited hydrogen. The compact cluster of blue stars on the left is NGC 3766 and the more subtle cluster near the top left is IC 2714.
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