NGC 2282 from MLSC
from Adam Block: According to a paper on this object this nebula is around 5 light years across and some 5,500 light years away. Perhaps a few hundred stars are being born within this cloud and many current members of the cluster are only 5-10 million years old.
To my knowledge this is the highest resolution full color image of this nebula that has ever been published. Although I was *very* belated in completing the processing of this image for my guests- ultimately I presented the final result to them today. Like a gift given during this season- I hope they are pleased with the result and that likewise I hope you have many more equally enjoyable surprises in the year to come!