Image Credit & Copyright : Adam Block , Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter , University of Arizona 
Explanation: The cosmic brush  of star formation composed this alluring mix  of dust and dark nebulae. Cataloged as Sh2-239 and LDN 1551, the region  lies near the southern end of the Taurus molecular cloud  complex some 450 light-years distant. Stretching for nearly 3 light-years, the canvas abounds with signs of embedded young stellar objects driving dynamic outflows into the surrounding medium. Included near the center of the frame, a compact, tell-tale red jet of shocked hydrogen gas is near the position of infrared source IRS5, known to be a system of protostars surrounded  by dust disks. Just below it are the broader, brighter wings of HH 102, one of the region’s  many Herbig-Haro objects, nebulosities associated with newly born stars . Estimates indicate that the star forming LDN 1551 region  contains a total amount of material equivalent to about 50 times the mass of the Sun.