Mountains of Creation in Visible and Infrared

  • Released Monday, September 17, 2018

The visible glow of hot gas in this star-forming region only highlights the areas where stars have been born and emerged from their dust clouds. The infrared view lets us see columns of dust sculpted by the light of the young stars, which themselves contain embedded clusters of baby stars that are about to be born.

Optical: Bright, young stars light up the gas.
Infrared: Clusters of forming stars can be seen in the tips of massive dust pillars.


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