Infrared telescope spies mountains of star creation

12:50pm, November 16, 2005

These peaks of gas and dust in a part of the Cassiopeia constellation 7,000 light-years from Earth show hundreds of stars in the making (bright dots within the structures). Radiation and winds blasting from a massive star, which lies above the image frame, have compressed the structures, triggering waves of star birth.

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