The Orion Nebula, M42, is only 1,500 light-years away. It offers one of the best opportunities to study how stars are born partly because it is the nearest large star-forming region, but also because the nebula's energetic stars have blown away obscuring dust clouds  Picture: NASA

The Orion Nebula, M42, is only 1,500 light-years away. It offers one of the best opportunities to study how stars are born partly because it is the nearest large star-forming region, but also because the nebula's energetic stars have blown away obscuring dust clouds Picture: NASA

Like a cosmic turducken, this "pelican" stuffed inside a "swan" is being baked by intense heat from massive newborn stars, as seen in a new picture from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's Kitt Peak facility in Tucson, Arizona.

Like a cosmic turducken, this "pelican" stuffed inside a "swan" is being baked by intense heat from massive newborn stars, as seen in a new picture from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's Kitt Peak facility in Tucson, Arizona.

Fairypillar formation of Cosmic dust from outer space. It's like a sculpture in space, life imitating art.

Fairypillar formation of Cosmic dust from outer space. It's like a sculpture in space, life imitating art.

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