The birth of a star.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

The birth of a star.

© National Aeronautics & Space Administration / Science & Society


In this artist's conception, a star is formed within the dark dust of L1014. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected a faint, warm object inside the apparently starless core of a small, dense molecular cloud. If, as astronomers suspect, there is a young star deep inside the dusty core, it would have a structure similar to this illustration.

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