Rho Ophiuchi Cloud

Rho Ophiuchi Cloud

(roh of-ee-yoo -kÿ, -kee, oh-fee-) A complex region of molecular and dark clouds and emission and reflection nebulae near the star ρ Oph in the constellation Ophiuchus. X-ray and infrared observations show that star formation is occurring in the dark cloud.
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Let's start by looking toward the inner regions of the Milky Way at one of the most colorful and photogenic targets: the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex.
Observations of gas clouds where stars are forming in the Milky Way have turned up gaseous oxygen in only two locations: the dark Rho Ophiuchi cloud in the constellation Ophiuchus and the more famous Orion nebula.