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In 2002, this star, V838 Monocerotis, suddenly brightened for several weeks. The images captured by Hubble revealed an effect called a light echo and showed never-before-seen dust patterns in surrounding cloud structures.

In 2002, this star, V838 Monocerotis, suddenly brightened for several weeks. The images captured by Hubble revealed an effect called a light echo and showed never-before-seen dust patterns in surrounding cloud structures.

Baby stars are forming near the eastern rim of the cosmic cloud Perseus in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The baby stars are approximately three million years old and are shown as reddish-pink dots to the right of the image.

Baby stars are forming near the eastern rim of the cosmic cloud Perseus in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The baby stars are approximately three million years old and are shown as reddish-pink dots to the right of the image.

SNR 0509-67.5 and its accompanying star field, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, and composited with X-ray images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

SNR 0509-67.5 and its accompanying star field, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, and composited with X-ray images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

XZ Tauri, a newborn star spraying out gas into its surroundings and lighting up…

XZ Tauri, a newborn star spraying out gas into its surroundings and lighting up…

Optical Image: Inside the Flame Nebula (NASA, Chandra, 05/07/14) | Flickr - NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Optical Image: Inside the Flame Nebula (NASA, Chandra, 05/07/14) | Flickr - NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

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