Towards the northern constellation of Persus lies a vast, dark cloud of dust and gas that is one of the interstellar nurseries breeding new stars to light the Milky Way galaxy. Optically, this area of the sky is virtually impenetrable and forms a curtain about 2,000 light years distant that blocks our view of what lies beyond. However, bright embers can be seen among the soot from which stars gestate and NGC 1579, rarely photographed but pictured here, is one of the more spectacular examples of a place where new stars are born.
This nebula is lit it by a very bright, young star that is several times more massive the Sun and encrusted with dozens of sibling stars that are also newly formed. The tendrils of dust that extend throughout this area also give it a strong resemblance to the more popularly known Trifid Nebula (M20), located in the southern sky.