SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Blue "Crab," Sun Tsunami, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Blue ''Crab,'' Sun Tsunami, More
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November 23, 2009--No, it's not Spinal Tap's latest album cover. This artist's rendering depicts what it might look like inside a cosmic nursery as a star is born from swirling clouds of dust and gas.

New data from the Spitzer Space Telescope recently helped astronomers discover the youngest brown dwarf yet seen, hidden deep inside a similar cocoon of dust. Brown dwarfs, also called failed stars, are lighter and cooler than conventional stars. Studying the newfound youngster could help scientists understand how brown dwarfs form and why they don't develop like their brighter, heavier siblings.
—Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
 
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