Nightscapes & Deep Sky Colors
Astrophotography © Brian A. Morganti
NGC 6334 - Cat's Paw Nebula
The Cat's Paw nebula is a large area of emission nebulosity more than a half of a degree in size (about the size of the full moon) and is located 3 degrees northwest of Shaula, the brighter of the two "Stinger" stars in the Scorpion's tail.
The large glowing cloud earned the nickname Catís Paw because it looks like a gigantic paw print of a cat, but it is also sometimes referred to as the Bear's Claw Nebula.
The nebula is 50 light-years across and 5,500 light-years away, and shines from the light of ionized hydrogen, which gives it a red color. It was discovered by John Herschel in 1837. NGC 6334 is a large star forming region, covering an area in the night sky slightly larger than the full Moon. It is one of the most active stellar nurseries producing massive stars in the Milky Way Galaxy.
North is to the top in this image.
Astrophotography - Nightscapes & Deep Sky Colors