The tumultuous environs of NGC 1999 show the effects of the frenetic activity of star formation in the area. Outflows from young stars and their radiation shape the region producing unexpected shapes and billowing clouds of hydrogen gas some 1,500 light years away.
This image began with visitors of the "Astrophotography with Adam Block" experience on January 29th 2011. Adam's guests began work on this field by collecting color data. It was later completed with many more hours of data captured with AstronomyNight guests Stephen Buchmann and Kay Richter.