Lobster Nebula’ 8,000 light years from earth captured for first time in stunning images

A camera built to uncover dark energy in the universe has captured a stunning new image of a star-forming region nicknamed 'Lobster Nebula'.

The impressive image shows a region 400 light-years across, with scattered stars intertwined with dust and clouds. 

The centre shows what astronomers call an open star cluster, a name to describe a group of huge and forming stars.

The tiny speckles dotted around are baby stars that haven't fully emerged yet.

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) NOIRLab is responsible for the camera and is the "ground-based optical-infrared astronomy,

enabling breakthrough discoveries in astrophysics by developing and operating state-of-the-art ground-based observatories and

providing data products and services for a diverse and inclusive community."