Reflection Nebulas and Star Formation

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope gets a detailed look at a nebula lit up with the light of a nearby star and discovers future stars in the making. 

Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with NASA’s Universe of Learning partners: Caltech/IPAC, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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·Wide view, reflection nebula IC 2631: European Southern Observatory/ La Silla Observatory
·Detail, reflection nebula IC 2631: NASA, ESA, and K. Stapelfeldt (Jet Propulsion Laboratory); Processing; Gladys Kober (NASA/Catholic University of America)

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Objects and gases of various colors in outer space. Text, News from the Universe
November 18, 2021. Reflection Nebulas and Star Formation
Reflection nebulas like this are lit up with the scattered light of nearby stars.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope zoomed in for a more detailed look.
This gas and dust are the raw material of stars and planets.
When young protostars gather enough matter, they can create their own energy and light as a star.
Leftover gas and dust surrounding the star can become planets and moons.
Here Hubble reveals potential future solar systems in their earliest stages.
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