SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Snow Globe, Swan Nebula, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Snow Globe, Swan Nebula, More
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December 8, 2008--NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope capture a new infrared image of the "Swan Nebula," a turbulent star-forming region located about 6,000 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius, where rivers of gas and stellar winds are eroding thickets of dusty material.

"The stars are like rocks in a rushing river," said Matt Povich, the lead author of the paper describing the new findings. The new observations are expected to help researchers understand how solar systems form and survive in the rough seas of space.
—Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Wisconsin
 
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