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Zooming in on NGC 3603

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Zooming in on NGC 3603, the cosmic factory where stars form frantically from the nebula’s extended clouds of gas and dust. Located 22 000 light-years away from the Sun, it is the closest region of this kind known in our galaxy, providing astronomers with a local test bed for studying intense star formation processes, very common in other galaxies, but hard to observe in detail because of their large distance.


ESO/A. Fujii/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Music by John Dyson.

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Release date:3 February 2010, 12:00
Related releases:eso1005

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Type:• X - Nebulae
• X - Stars


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