SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Wavy Rings, Dark Dunes, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Wavy Rings, Dark Dunes, More
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June 10, 2009--Baby stars have been found forming in the turbulent heart of the Milky Way, new images from the Spitzer Space Telescope reveal.

Scientists had previously seen signs of stellar birth in the harsh environment near our galaxy's central black hole. But the newborns were tough to spot, because the galactic core is stuffed with gases and dust. With Spitzer's infrared eye, however, astronomers peered through the haze and pinpointed three stars (circled in yellow above) full of warm, dense gases that are unmistakable traits of stellar youth.
— Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
 
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