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Of all the gorgeous objects in our Milky Way galaxy, star-forming regions such as this nebula have to be the most beautiful. Studies using the Spitzer Space Telescope data show more than 300 baby stars with a median age of 300,000 years - compare that to the Sun's middle-aged 4.5 billion years or the most aged stars of more than 12 billion years. When I say "baby," I mean it! Heck, they're younger than the Human species.

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Best,
Chris

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renegade500
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
That's really beautiful!
clevermanka
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Awww. Baaaaaby stars!

Makes me want to go re-read The Heart of a Star.
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