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Photo of Trifid Nebula As Viewed From the Spitzer Infrared Telescope

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Photo of Trifid Nebula As Viewed From the Spitzer Infrared Telescope
Trifid Nebula As Viewed From the Spitzer Infrared Telescope.

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  • Stock Photo Description: Trifid nebula as viewed from the Spitzer infrared telescope photo. This stock photo by NASA Public Domain shows trifid nebula as viewed from the Spitzer infrared telescope.

    A new striking image from the infrared telescope shows a vibrant cloud called the Trifid Nebula dotted with glowing stellar "incubators." Tucked deep inside these incubators are rapidly growing embryonic stars, whose warmth Spitzer was able to see for the first time with its powerful heat-seeking eyes.

    The new view offers a rare glimpse at the earliest stages of massive star formation -- a time when developing stars are about to burst into existence.

    "With Spitzer, it's like having an ultrasound for stars," said Spitzer scientist Dr. Jeonghee Rho. "We can see into dust cocoons and visualize how many embryos are in each of them."

    Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/J. Rho (SSC/Caltech)

    Image courtesy of NASA. NASA images are in the public domain and may be used for free, however certain restrictions may apply. This public domain image may not be used in any way suggesting approval or endorsement of any people appearing in the photos. Please read the NASA guidelines for use for more information and info about using the NASA insignia logo and other intellectual property that may appear in these NASA public domain images.

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