This zoom video starts with a view of the spectacular southern Milky Way and gradually closes in on a rich region of the sky in the constellation of Carina (The Keel). The colourful final image comes from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile and shows the star cluster NGC 3590. These stars shine brightly in front of a dramatic landscape of dark patches of dust and richly hued clouds of glowing gas. This small stellar gathering gives astronomers clues about how these stars form and evolve — as well as giving hints about the structure of our galaxy's pinwheeling arms.

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Credit: ESO/G. Beccari/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org). Music: movetwo

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