Around 20,000 ly from us is NGC 3603, a giant star forming region in the Carina arm of the Milky Way. Inside a cloud of dust and gas is a young star cluster comprised of many thousands of stars. Within this image various stages in the life cycle of a star can be seen.
NGC 3603 was discovered in 1834 by John Herschel, son of the famous astronomer Sir William Herschel. With an apparent magnitude of 9.1, this is a challenging target for backyard astronomers but can be identified by its characteristic yellow tinge through good telescopes.