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Tuesday 15 May 2012

Space is beautiful

Image above: The Cygnus X star forming region, where stars, planets comets, asteroids, whole solar systems are growing as we watch. On the right the filament structure of the cloud is particularly complex, dust and gas shepherded by stellar winds and light. The knots where the filaments meet are regions where the glowing gas and dust are collapsing, forming protostars and protoplanetary disks.
The white areas are where hot young stars are heating the gas and dust, and the central void is where cloud material  has been cleared by the fierce pressure of stellar winds and light from better established stars, less visible in this infra-red image. It's just...beautiful.

I've made it as big as I can, but I can't do it justice. Please follow the link to the original at ESA. Image courtesy of ESA/.

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