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8 breathtaking images of baby stars

By: Katherine Butler on March 25, 2012, 5:22 p.m.
baby stars forming in Witch Head Nebula

Photo: NASA

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Witch Head Nebula

In yet another image from the Orion constellation, the Spitzer Space Telescope reveals 12 new baby stars in the huge, dusty cloud known as the Witch Head Nebula. There are many different kinds of nebulae, which are clouds of interstellar gas made up of dust, gas and plasma. As Universe Today writes, “it is formed when portions of the interstellar medium collapse and clump together due to the gravitational attraction of the particles that comprise them.” A stellar nursery is a nebula in which a star is forming. The young star often illuminates the surrounding nebula, a trait also true of the Witch Head Nebula, formerly known as IC 2118.