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Reflected Starlight Bathes Forming Star in New Hubble Image

12 Nov 2021, 14:00 UTC
Reflected Starlight Bathes Forming Star in New Hubble Image NASA, ESA, and K. Stapelfeldt (Jet Propulsion Laboratory); Processing; Gladys Kober (NASA/Catholic University of America)

This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image captures a portion of the reflection nebula IC 2631 that contains a protostar, the hot, dense core of a forming star that is accumulating gas and dust. Eventually the protostar may gravitationally gather enough matter to begin nuclear fusion and emit its own energy and starlight.

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