Breathtaking Images of Star Birth Amid the Cold Cosmic Dust

By Eliza Strickland | May 6, 2010 1:39 pm
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This image shows a region of the Milky Way closer to the galactic center than our own sun. Two massive star-formation areas can be seen at the left and center of the image, and are known as W43 and G29.9, respectively. These areas are churning out new stars of all sizes, including monsters that have ten times the mass of our sun.

These newborn large stars are catastrophically disrupting their original gas embryos by “kicking away” their surroundings and excavating giant cavities in the Galaxy. This is clearly visible in the fluffy chimney below W43 [European Space Agency].

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  • Alan

    Wow, this is sincerely breathtaking…
    Its one of these never before seen images…

  • http://yahoo.com Some

    Awesome.

  • http://warriorcatsrpg.com wynnyelle

    Those filaments are similar to the Crab Nebula filaments that have formed only in the last thousand years. That means that nebula will also eventually form new stars?

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