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    Stars continue to form in this molecular gas known as the Omega Nebula. The image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows exquisite detail in the famous star-forming region. The dark dust filaments that lace the center of Omega Nebula were created in the atmospheres of cool giant stars and in the debris from supernova explosions. The red and blue hues arise from glowing gas heated by the radiation of massive nearby stars. The region shown spans about 3000 times the diameter of our Solar System

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    The Omega Nebula: Hotbed of Star Formation

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