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SpaceTT: Hubble Telescope captures beautiful "Cosmic Caterpillar"

NASA just released images of a breathtaking bright blue and brown cosmic dust cloud that mimics the likeness of a caterpillar here on earth

| Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 1:45 am

Recently, NASA released images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope that show off what scientists are describing as a "Cosmic Caterpillar" that stretches across the universe for nearly 6,000,000,000,000 miles. The so-called Caterpillar is actually a massive cloud of space dust and gas that is collapsing in on itself to form a new star.

 

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Unfortunately for the could-be new star, there are roughly 65 very large and extremely hot stars lurking nearby that can be seen on the right side of the image. These started producing what is said to be a powerful stellar wind, which is doing its best to disperse the cloud of gas and dust and form the long tail-like structure seen in the image. Additionally, 500 less bright stars are in the vicinity, which are adding to the destructive forces at large.

 

At the moment, it is unclear if the "caterpillar cloud"--or IRAS 20324+4057--will be able to fight back by gathering enough mass to counteract the erosion. However, it could eventually one day collect enough material to collapse into a very bright and quite large star, but everyone reading this will have long been dead and forgotten about before that event happens.

NEWS SOURCES:Space.com

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