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The Cone Nebula NGC 2264

The Cone Nebula NGC 2264


Depicts: The Cone Nebula, NGC 2264
Copyright: Rodger Thompson, Marcia Rieke and Glenn Schneider (University of Arizona), and NASA

The Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) has peered into the Cone Nebula, revealing a stunning image of six baby sun-like stars surrounding their mother, a bright, massive star. Known as NGC 2264 IRS, the massive star triggered the creation of these baby stars by releasing high-speed particles of dust and gas during its formative years.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
3-Dec-2021 18:53 UT

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