A towering "mountain" of cold hydrogen gas laced with dust is the site of new star formation in the Carina Nebula. The great gas pillar is being eroded by the ultraviolet radiation from the hottest newborn stars in the nebula.
Shockwaves of Star Formation - Galaxy Galaxy has mysterious “invisible” spiral arms that only become visible when you observe its X-rays. While the spiral arms propagate like shockwaves around they create bursts of star formation with.
Heart and Soul ~ Pillars of Star Formation. is also known as IC and together with IC 1805 form a complex region of star formation popularly dubbed the Heart and Soul Nebulas. lies about light years away toward the constellation of Cassiopeia.
Many of the protostars were found in a bright reflection nebula in the Orion constellation, imaged here by the Spitzer Space Telescope. Herschel observations caught 11 young protostars missed by Spitzer due to their cooler temperatures.
The Whirlpool Galaxy, the red spiral, and its companion galaxy, NG 5195 are 23 million light-years from Earth. The warm dust in red is a sign of active star formation probably triggered by a collision between the two galaxies.
New Photo Reveals Cosmic Unicorn's Heart This dramatic infrared image shows the nearby star formation region Monoceros R2, located some 2,700 light-years away in the constellation of Monoceros (the Unicorn). The picture was created from exposures taken by the VISTA survey telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory.
The Orion A star-formation cloud seen by ESA’s Herschel space observatory on Aug. The Orion Nebula is located within the central bright region of this scene, where massive star formation is most intense.