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Cosmic ‘Winter’ Wonderland

Cosmic Winter Wonderland Although there are no seasons in space this cosmic vista invokes thoughts of a frosty winter landscape. It is in fact a region called NGC 6357 where radiation from hot young stars is energizing the cooler gas in the cloud that surrounds them.

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See Explanation. Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.

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NASA Hubble Space Telescope Picture of Star V838 Monocerotis-What do you see? To me it looks like an image familiar to all new parents.

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Images taken in infrared and visible light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recount a vivid story of the turbulent birthing process of massive stars. The pictures show that powerful radiation and high-speed material unleashed by "hefty" adult stars residing in the hub of the 30 Doradus Nebula are triggering a new burst of star birth in the surrounding suburbs.

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Square nebula. Photo via NASA. See Explanation. Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.

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