These opaque, dark knots of gas and dust are called Bok globules, and they are absorbing light in the center of the nearby emission nebula and star-forming region, NGC 281. The globules are named after astronomer Bart Bok, who proposed their existence in the 1940's.
Orion's Dreamy Stars - NASA Spitzer Space
Giant 'Twisters' in the Lagoon Nebula
Physicists say we are made of stardust. Intergalactic debris and far-flung atoms, shards of carbon nanomatter rounded up by gravity to circle the sun. As atoms pass through an eternal revolving door of possible form, energy and mass dance in fluid relationship. We are man, we are thought, we are story. We are all star stuff.
Quasars are the brightest and most distant objects in the known universe. In the early 1960′s, quasars were referred to as radio stars because they were discovered to be a strong source of radio waves.