Separated by about a degree on the sky, two nice examples are M46 (upper left) 5,400 light-years in the distance and M47 (lower right) only 1,600 light-years away toward the nautical constellation Puppis.
Around 300 million years young M46 contains a few hundred stars in a region about 30 light-years across.
Aged 80 million years, M47 is a smaller but looser cluster of about 50 stars spanning 10 light-years.
But this portrait of stellar youth also contains an ancient interloper.
The small, colorful patch of glowing gas in M46 is actually the planetary nebula NGC 2438 - the final phase in the life of a sun-like star billions of years old.
NGC 2438 is estimated to be only 3,000 light-years distant and likely represents a foreground object, only by chance appearing along our line of sight to youthful M46.