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8 breathtaking images of baby stars

By: Katherine Butler on March 25, 2012, 5:22 p.m.
star formation in Orion

Photo: NASA

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Star formation in Orion

The constellation of Orion has long captured the imaginations of earthly astronomers, as it is visible from all regions on Earth. This amazing image from the Spitzer Space Telescope shows “a string of baby stars that have yet to burn their way through their natal shells and can be seen as red pinpoints on the outside of the nebula. Eventually these will blossom into their own glowing balls, turning this two-eyed eyeglass into a many-eyed monster of a nebula.” NASA further points out that this area, known as Messier 78, exists just northeast of Orion’s belt and that the two greenish spots are like cavities carved out of the surrounding dust clouds.