Embryonic Stars Grow Deep within the Rosette Nebula, seen in this new image from the Hershel Space Observatory. Link to story, larger image.

These nebular dust clouds are among┬áthe┬ámost beautiful objects in the heavens, and I’ve long wondered how one might simulate their intricate glory. Probably with a giant dynamics sim, self-shadowing volumetric particles, and lots and lots of patience. That’s a fun future project.