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Picture of the Day - Maelstrom of Star Birth

Published by Matt on Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:24 pm via: Hubble ESA
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This is a stunning picture of the most famous stellar factory. In the Orion Nebula hundreds of stars are being born, or are in the early stages of their infancy. Most fascinating is the discovery of small planetary systems being formed around some of the stars in this nebula.

Maelstrom of Star Birth. Credit: C.R. O'Dell (Rice University), and NASA/ESA

Maelstrom of Star Birth. Credit: C.R. O'Dell (Rice University), and NASA/ESA

This spectacular colour panorama of the center the Orion nebula is one of the largest pictures ever assembled from individual images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. The picture, seamlessly composited from a mosaic of 15 separate fields, covers an area of sky about five percent the area covered by the full Moon.

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