SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Hellish Cloud, Mars Devil, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Hellish Cloud, Mars Devil, More
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August 19, 2009--A peek into the heart of a cosmic cloud reveals a "hellish cradle" of budding stars and planets, new European Space Observatory images show.

In this dense nursery, called RCW 38, young stars bombard newborn suns and planets with powerful winds and blazing light--an onslaught so strong that it sometimes "cooks away" the ingredients for future solar systems, experts say.

Astronomers suspect that our solar system emerged from a similar chaos.
— Image courtesy ESO
 
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