|Hubble image of IRAS 20324+4057|
This light-year-long knot of interstellar gas and dust resembles a caterpillar on its way to a feast. But the meat of the story is not only what this cosmic caterpillar eats for lunch, but also what's eating it. Harsh winds from extremely bright stars are blasting ultraviolet radiation at this 'wanna-be' star and sculpting the gas and dust into its long shape.
|What a resemblance!|
There it is, found out in the constellation of Cygnus. It's currently 4,500 light years away, so we are pretty safe - for now.