W5 star-forming region, infrared image

W5 star-forming region, infrared image

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Caption: W5 star-forming region, infrared image. These towers of gas and dust are being illuminated by the young stars being formed within them. Older stars (blue) are seen above the towers. This star forming region is located 7,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia. Image taken by the Infrared Array Camera on the Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Keywords: astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, cassiopeia, dust, emission nebula, gas, infrared, infrared array camera, ir, mountains of creation, pillars, space, spitzer space telescope, star, star birth, star formation, starbirh, stellar formation, stellar nursery, towers, w5

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