Star forming region

Star forming region

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Caption: Star forming region. Coloured infrared image of the star forming region K3-50. K3-50 is unusual in that many of its stars are very massive (10-60 times the mass of the Sun), and are only 10-100 thousand years old. High mass stars are normally found in complex associations such as this. K3-50 is about 28,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. This image was made as part of the Two-Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS) project.

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Keywords: 2mass imagery, astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, cygnus, evolution, infrared astronomy, k3-50, massive star, nebula, nebulosity, science, star birth, star forming region, starbirth, stellar evolution, stellar formation, young stars

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