Messier 24 is located in the constellation Sagittarius, approximately 10,000 light-years away.
This star cloud, also known as the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud, M24, or IC 4715, has a diameter of 600 light-years.
It is not to be confused with the nearby Large Sagittarius Star Cloud, which is located about 10 degrees south.
Charles Messier, a French astronomer, discovered Messier 24 on June 20, 1764.
It is home to several dark nebulae, which are vast clouds of dense interstellar dust.
"The two dark nebulae in the new VST image almost look supernatural, like wispy trails of ghosts in the sky," says the author.
Barnard 92 (right) and Barnard 93 (left) are the names of these dark clouds (left).