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Image of the Week – The Beauty of Starbirth – 20/03/11

20 Mar 2011, 12:31 UTC
Image of the Week – The Beauty of Starbirth – 20/03/11
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ESO has released magnificent image captured by the Very Large Telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile.
Star Formation in NGC 6729 Credit: ESO
The image is an incredibly detailed image of the star forming region NGC 6729. The region is located within our own galaxy and is one of the closer star forming regions to Earth.
It is locate within the Corona Australis molecular complex, and as such is observable in the constellation Corona Australis.
The new ESO image shows the fine detail of the nebula, focusing on the area around a collection of Herbig-Haro (HH) objects – the jets produced by young stars throwing material from around them by bi-polar outflow.
They are visible in the image above as feathery tufts emerging from the thick clouds, and each one marks the location of a young star growing within a dust cocoon.
The largest curved structure present (in the upper left) is not thought to be a HH object, instead a refection of star light of a oddly shaped region of the cloud, though it does contain an HH object near its tip.
This image was awarded third place in the ESO’s Hidden Treasures competition and was extracted ...

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