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Fraser
2003-Jul-18, 02:38 AM
SUMMARY: A new series of photographs taken by the European Southern Observatory show a rare look into the very early stages of heavy star formation. This time in a star's life is usually obscured from sight because of thick clouds of gas and dust, but in star cluster NGC 3603, the stellar wind from hot stars are blasting away the obscuring material. Inside this cluster, astronomers are finding massive protostars which are only 100,000 years old. This is a valuable discovery because it helps astronomers understand how the early stages of heavy star formation begins - is it through gravity pulling together gas and dust, or something more violent, like smaller stars colliding together.


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