SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Geminids, Two-Faced Moon, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Geminids, Two-Faced Moon, More
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December 15, 2009--Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have created their version of a holiday wreath: a new picture of the young stellar cluster R136. The festive grouping sits in a turbulent star-birth region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite of our Milky Way galaxy.

In the image, garlands of red (hydrogen) and green (oxygen) gas surround icy blue "diamonds" that are actually some of the most massive stars known--several are more than a hundred times the mass of our sun.
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