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Hubble peers into the dusty cradle of stars




Potential clues to the mysteries of our own solar system's formation can be found among vast clouds of star-forming regions like this one.





This image from the NASA/European Space Agency Hubble Space Telescope shows a beautiful “cradle of stars” called AFGL 5180, located in the sky toward the constellation Gemini, reports by SCI News.

At the center of the image is a massive star that is actively forming and cutting cavities in the surrounding clouds of dust and gas with a pair of powerful jets stretching across the upper right and lower left parts of the image. The light coming from the side of this star illuminates the cavities carved into the surrounding gas-dust cloud, like a beacon whose light shines through thunderclouds.

Stars are born in dense clouds of dust, and although dust is what allows us to see these fascinating images, the dust can prevent astronomers from seeing the stars within it. The Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) onboard instrument is designed to capture detailed images in both the visible and infrared ranges of the spectrum — meaning that young stars are hidden inside vast star-forming regions like AFGL 5180 can be studied with this imaging system.



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