Bok Globules

First of all, look at this picture.

Now, do you see a red cloud with a messy hole in the middle of it? Or, do you see a black cloud with a bunch of red around it? I personally always thought it was just a red cloud with a hole in it. But, it’s actually a black something in the middle of a red something.

“Dubbed Bok globules after astronomer Bart Bok, who predicted their existence in the 1940s, these dark clumps of dust and gas are concentrations of the elements that feed star formation. “

Just think of those as stellar wombs next time you see one. Pretty cool huh?