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Picture of the Day - The Trifid Nebula: Stellar Sibling Rivalry

Published by Matt on Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:17 pm via: Hubble ESA
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Massive newborn stars are creating in this dramatic torn apart image of the Trifid Nebula.The Trifid Nebula is home to many thousands of newly created stars. The source of the jet is a young very hot star buried in the cloud.

The Trifid Nebula: Stellar Sibling Rivalry. Credit: NASA/ESA and Jeff Hester (Arizona State University)

The Trifid Nebula: Stellar Sibling Rivalry. Credit: NASA/ESA and Jeff Hester (Arizona State University)

This Hubble Space Telescope image of the Trifid Nebula reveals a stellar nursery being torn apart by radiation from a nearby, massive star.

The picture also provides a peek at embryonic stars forming within an ill-fated cloud of dust and gas, which is destined to be eaten away by the glare from the massive neighbor.

This stellar activity is a beautiful example of how the life cycles of stars like our Sun is intimately connected with their more powerful siblings.

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