SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Star Blasts, Titan Shadow, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Star Blasts, Titan Shadow, More
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December 15, 2009--Two newborn stars glow baby blue inside a dusty stellar nursery that's part of a mysterious ring of stars called Gould's Belt. Normally too shrouded in dust to be visible, the stars were captured by the supersensitive infrared eye of the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory. The picture is is the first new release from OSHI, the Online Showcase of Herschel Images.

Bright points of light amid the fiery background are signs of dust and gas condensing to become the seeds of future stars. Astronomers estimate 700 such objects appear in this image.
— Image courtesy ESA and the SPIRE & PACS consortia, Ph. André (CEA Saclay) for the Gould"e;s Belt Key Programme Consortia
 
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