September 3rd, 2008

star-forming nebula

Astro-image of the day: Ancient stellar parents give birth to many babies

This Spitzer Space Telescope shot "tells a tale of life and death amidst a rich family history." Nebula W5 blazes with multiple generations of stars, both bright babies and massive ancient stars - the latter having made these babies via massive stellar winds and radiation.

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Red is hot dust, green is dense clouds, blue dots are the fertile ancients, and white areas are the star-forming regions.