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A stunning image shows the formation of a star 5,900 light-years from Earth

A stunning image shows the formation of a star 5,900 light-years from Earth

A wonderful new photo from Hubble Space Telescope A possible new star is seen forming in the Milky Way's constellation Scorpius.

The telescope, jointly operated by NASA and the European Space Agency, observed the potential star forming about 5,900 light-years from Earth. The agencies said in a press release.

The region where the star appears to be forming has been named IRAS 16562-3959. NASA said the star being formed has about 30 times the mass of the Sun, and is likely among the brightest stars in the galaxy.

The Hubble Telescope's detailed cameras allowed space agencies to do this Take stunning, colorful photos From a budding star. The fuzzy areas in the image are created by dust that blocks the light and blocks some wavelengths of light, according to the press release.

This image from NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope is of a relatively nearby star-forming region known as IRAS 16562-3959.  / Image source: ESA/Hubble and NASA, R.  Federiani, J.  Tan

This image from NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope is of a relatively nearby star-forming region known as IRAS 16562-3959. / Image source: ESA/Hubble and NASA, R. Federiani, J. Tan

In the upper left and lower right parts of the image, a powerful jet of star formation sweeps away this dust, allowing the camera to capture bold swaths of color. These colors come from “four separate filters” placed in front of the camera's light sensors, which allow “very specific wavelengths of light to pass through each note,” according to the press release. By studying these wavelengths, astronomers and scientists can learn more about the composition, temperature and density of the area being imaged.

The constellation Scorpius, where the star appears to be forming, is a scorpion-like constellation, with the red star Antares in the middle. According to the astronomy website EarthSky. The constellation is best visible in July and August.

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