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Nebula RY Tauri. This small star birth region, also known as RY Tau, is situated at the edge of the Taurus molecular cloud, 450 light-years from Earth. The central star (bright area, lower centre) can be seen emerging from its natal cloud of gas and dust. This young star is known to vary in brightness, illuminating a region that spans about two-thirds of a light-year across. It is still forming and collapsing, in a few million years it's winds will clear the gas and dust clouds as it settles down to become a steady main sequence star like the Sun. What remains could well include a planetary system. Image obtained by the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph (GMOS), at the Gemini North Observatory, Hawaii, USA.
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