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Life and Death in a Star-Forming Cloud
Mission: Herschel Space Observatory, XMM-Newton
Instrument: Photoconductor Array Camera and Spectrometer, Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver, XMM-Newton X-ray
Size: 3234 x 2248
W44 is located around 10,000 light-years away, within a forest of dense star-forming clouds in the constellation of Aquila, the Eagle. This image combines data from ESA's Herschel and XXM-Newton space observatories.
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