Eye on the Sky: Star Births

December 18, 2012 at 11:05 am | Posted in Eye on the Sky, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
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The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of stars in the remnants of the gas cloud that birthed them.  3 million years ago the density of the internal knots in the gas cloud, collapsed and the stars were born.  While some of the stars were so massive they’ve already exploded in a supernova, the younger stars are so energized they create one of the largest clouds of hydrogen gas known.  This cluster is located in the galaxy M33.

Image Credit: NASA

(via NASA)

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