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Aug 20 2013

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PHOTOS: The Birth of a Star, Captured in Stunning Detail

A composite image of Herbig-Haro 46/47 shows jets of gas moving away from a star in the process of being born.

A closeup view of material streaming away from a protostar.

Herbig-Haro 46/47 in a visible light image. The pink and purple colors are gas jets streaming toward Earth. A dark cloud obscures jets moving away from Earth.

A wide-field view shows a rich region of dust clouds and star formation in the southern constellation of Vela. Herbig-Haro 46/47 can be seen emerging from a dark cloud.

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