SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Cosmic Eye, Space Tourist, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Cosmic Eye, Young Star, More
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October 8, 2008--A composite image blends x-ray, infrared, and visible light data from several telescopes to portray a colorful cloud of newly forming stars in an irregular dwarf galaxy 210,000 light-years away.

Radiation emitted by massive stars erodes the dust cloud and produces shock waves that compress dust and gas into new stars within an orange-red arc (near center).

An isolated group of new pink stars (upper left) was created by wind compression from a massive supernova that exploded some 50,000 years ago.

--Brian Handwerk
—Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/ XMM-Newton/NTT/MPIA
 
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