Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Space images

The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades, is seen in a new infrared image made by the Spitzer Space Telescope and released by NASA. Clouds of dust sweep around the stars, located more than 400 light-years away in the Taurus constellation. The star cluster was born about one hundred million years ago. The new infrared image shows the dust cloud, colored yellow, green and red in this view, where the cluster is traveling. The densest portion of the cloud appears in yellow and red, and the more diffuse outskirts appear in green hues. (AP Photo/NASA)

This image released by NASA in December 2006 and taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope shows new-born stars glowing in the Serpens star-forming region. Scientists have moved one step closer to understanding how stars are formed after the discovery of molecular oxygen in interstellar space, the Swedish Space Corporation has said.(AFP/NASA/File)

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