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SOFIA Reveals How the Swan Nebula Hatched

7 Jan 2020, 20:00 UTC
SOFIA Reveals How the Swan Nebula Hatched NASA/JPL/SOFIA

One of the brightest and most massive star-forming regions in our galaxy, the Omega or Swan Nebula, came to resemble the shape resembling a swan’s neck we see today only relatively recently. New observations reveal that its regions formed separately over multiple eras of star birth. The new image from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, is helping scientists chronicle the history and evolution of this well-studied nebula.

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