"SFO 11 in the Soul Nebula"

"Zooming in on the southern part of the Soul Nebula, this image shows a group of bright rimmed globules that are collectively catalogued as SFO 11. Their gaseous forms are sculpted by the UV radiation and stellar winds from many hot young stars in the star cluster associated with the Soul Nebula. The term "bright rimmed" arises from the side of the globules that are facing the ionzing source exhibiting bright rims as a result of the gas and dust becoming more compressed and denser and therefore brighter than the surrounding material. In the case of SFO 11, they point towards the cluster situated north of them (not visible in image).

SFO stands for "Sugitani, Fukui and Ogura", the surnames of three Japanese astronomers who compiled the SFO catalogue of bright rimmed globules in HII regions. It was published in 1991 (northern hemisphere) and 1994 (southern hemisphere) by Koji Sugitani, Yasuo Fukui and Katsuo Ogura and has 89 in total."

Explanation from Sakib Rasool

Telescope: 24" Planewave, SBIG 16803, Planewave 200HR

Location: Stellar Winds Observatory DSNM, Animas New Mexico

LRGB 300 min each, HA 840 min