A Stellar Nursery

Stellar NurseryAstronomers at ESO have taken this picture of the curious clouds around the star cluster NGC 3572. The image shows how clouds of gas and dust have been sculpted into whimsical bubbles, arcs, and the odd features known as elephant trunks by the stellar winds flowing from this gathering of hot young stars. The brightest of these cluster stars are much heavier than the Sun and will end their short lives as supernova explosions.

Image Credit: ESO

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