NGC 2467 is a large and bright emission nebula located in the constellation Puppis. It is also known as the “Skull and Crossbones Nebula” due to its distinctive shape (which I’m still struggling to see the be honest) , which appears to resemble a skull and crossbones.
The nebula is situated about 12,000 light-years away from Earth and spans an area of approximately 150 light-years across.
The nebula is thought to have been formed by the intense radiation and stellar winds from massive hot stars located in its central region. These stars have ionized the surrounding gas and dust, causing it to emit light in the visible and infrared portions of the spectrum.
The intense radiation from these stars has also caused the surrounding dust to be sculpted into intricate shapes and structures, such as pillars and cavities.The central region of NGC 2467 is home to several young, hot stars that are still in the process of forming. These stars are extremely luminous.
They are also known to emit large amounts of ultraviolet radiation, which causes the surrounding gas to glow in the visible and ultraviolet portions of the spectrum. I’m sure JWST would do a great job here…
The outer regions of the nebula are composed of cooler, dense gas and dust. These regions are known to be active sites of star formation, with many new stars still being formed within the vast clouds of gas and dust. The dust in these regions is also thought to be the birthplace of planets, as it provides the raw materials for their formation.