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Nearby Star Factory: Infrared Images of a Churning Region of Star Birth

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 1:51pm
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Nearby Star Factory -- Courtesy of NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)In celebration of the 24th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers captured infrared-light images of a churning region of star birth 6,400 light-years away.

This colorful Hubble Space Telescope mosaic of a small portion of the Monkey Head Nebula unveils a collection of carved knots of gas and dust silhouetted against glowing gas. The cloud is sculpted by ultraviolet light eating into the cool hydrogen gas.

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