Artist's impression of the formation of a new star

Artist's impression of the formation of a new star

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Credit: JULIAN BAUM/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Second in a series of 6 artist's impressions illustrating the formation of a new star, such as the Sun. A great swirling cloud of interstellar dust & gases floats gently in space. Pressure waves from a nearby supernova, an exploding star (centre right), disrupt the cloud, forming small eddies & currents. Eventually the cloud will begin to contract, the first stage in the formation of a new star. As one star dies, another is born.

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Keywords: astronomy, cosmology, evolution, formation of, science, star, star birth, star formation, starbirth, stellar formation, sun, supernova

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