SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Christmas Tree Cluster, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Christmas Tree Cluster, More
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December 16, 2008--Picture this image upside-down--the way this region was first seen through a telescope on an 18th-century Christmas Day--and you've got a celestial tannenbaum, complete with "ornamental" blue stars and gas clouds turned a festive red by young stars' light.

Seen anew in this image from Chile's La Silla Paranal Observatory released Tuesday, the so-called Christmas Tree star cluster includes many stellar "nurseries," providing brilliant opportunities for the study of star birth.
—Image by ESO
 
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