Cometary Globules in CED 214

    The young, massive stars in this area are blowing away the surrounding molecular cloud with their ionizing radiation. Occasionally denser areas of the cloud resist this stellar wind and form structures that resemble comets. These are called 'cometary globules'.
These globules are likely to condense in time to form stars. Go to 'The Tadpoles' to see another example of cometary globules on this website.