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DAVID A. HARDY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID A. HARDY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Massive starbirth region, artwork. Stars forming from a collapsing cloud of hydrogen gas and dust, with filaments spiralling into the core region. This depiction is based on a study of the protostar MM1 at the heart of the dark cloud SDC335.579-0.292. Research from 2013 identified this as the largest starbirth event yet observed in the Milky Way. It is 10,000 light years from Earth in the constellation of Norma. It contains enough material to form stars with the mass of 5500 Suns. The accretion at the centre had a mass of 545 Suns. It is thought that the region will eventually form a large open star cluster.
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