This image depicts bright blue newly formed stars that are blowing a cavity in the centre of a fascinating star-forming region known as N90.
The high energy radiation blazing out from the hot young stars in N90 is eroding the outer portions of the nebula from the inside, as the diffuse outer reaches of the nebula prevent the energetic outflows from streaming away from the cluster directly. Because N90 is located far from the central body of the Small Magellanic Cloud, numerous background galaxies in this picture can be seen, delivering a grand backdrop for the stellar newcomers. The dust in the region gives these distant galaxies a reddish-brown tint.
This beautiful phenomenon is called Earthshine. The soft glow on the shadowed part of the moon is caused by the reflection of sunlight from the Earth.
Specifically, Earthshine happens when the light from the Sun is reflected from the Earth’s surface, to the moon, and then back to our eyes. Because of this double reflection of light, Earthshine is many times dimmer than the direct light of the Sun on the Moon. Earthshine can be best seen during the crescent phases (the 1-5 day period before or after a New Moon).
I saw it today in the morning! I was really sad I couldn’t take pictures of it.