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

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Geminids, Two-Faced Moon, More
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December 14, 2009--Each dusty blob featured in this newly released mosaic represents a never before seen protoplanetary disk--a circle of planet-forming dust around a newborn star--in the Orion Nebula.

Orion is the closest star-forming region visible to the naked eye, due to the fact that its stars are massive enough to heat up--and light up--their surrounding gas. The 30 disks seen above are among 42 spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope during a multiyear survey of the well-known nebula.
— Image courtesy NASA/ESA and L. Ricci (ESO)
 
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