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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.

Click the image to see the story.

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

Best,
Chris

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will_couvillier
Sep. 3rd, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
Nice! It would make a great background for a Star Trek wallpaper and have true astronomical meaning, too!
queenoftheskies
Sep. 4th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
How lovely!
siro_gravity
Sep. 4th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
WOW!
THAT IS GORGEOUS!
amnesiacat
Sep. 5th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
You know I think this my favorite astro image that you've posted. It's really beautiful.
mckitterick
Sep. 5th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
Yay! I'll keep lookin' for more.
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