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A Pocket of Star Formation

This new view shows a stellar nursery called NGC 3324. It was taken using the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. The intense ultraviolet radiation from several of NGC 3324′s hot young stars causes the gas cloud to glow with rich colours and has carved out a cavity in the surrounding gas and dust.

Find out more:

http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1207/

 

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