Stars forming, c 2005.
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Stars forming, c 2005.

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This bubble of ionized gas and warm dust, called RCW 79, lies in the southern Milky Way, 17,200 light years from Earth in the constellation Centaurus, and probably took about one million years to form from the radiation and winds of hot young stars. The infrared eyes of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have found at least three generations of stars forming in this expanding envelope.

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