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This Fantastic Skyscape Lies At The Eastern Edge Of Giant Stellar Nursery W5 , A ...

This Fantastic Skyscape Lies At The Eastern Edge Of Giant Stellar Nursery W5 , A ...

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Description: This fantastic skyscape lies at the eastern edge of giant stellar nursery W5 , about 7 , 000 light years away in the constellation Cassiopeia An infrared view from the Spitzer Space Telescope , it features interstellar clouds of cold gas and dust sculpted by winds and radiation from a hot , massive star outside the picture ( just above and to the right ) Still swaddled within the cosmic clouds , newborn stars are revealed by Spitzers penetrating gaze , their formation also triggered by the massive star Fittingly dubbed " Mountains of Creation " , these interstellar clouds are about 10 times the size of the analogous Pillars of Creation in M16 , made famous in a 1995 Hubble Space Telescope view W5 is also known as IC 1848 and together with IC 1805 it is part of a complex region popularly dubbed the Heart and Soul Nebulae The Spitzer image spans about 70 light years at the distance of W5

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