Features

Assembly Line of Stars
05.06.10
 
Constellation of Vulpecula
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This image, in the constellation of Vulpecula, shows an entire assembly line of newborn stars. The diffuse glow reveals the widespread cold reservoir of raw material that our Milky Way galaxy has in stock for building stars.

Large-scale turbulence from the giant colliding galactic flows causes this material to condense into the web of filaments that we see all over the image. These are the "pregnant" entities where the material becomes colder and denser. At this point, gravitational forces take over and fragment these filaments into chains of stellar embryos that can finally collapse to form baby stars. 



Image credit: ESA/Hi-GAL Consortium

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