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Spitzer Space Telescope and Galaxy Evolution Explorer
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cloudy region of star formation Natal Microcosm
Spitzer's infared eyes reveal a star-forming region, hidden to regular telescopes by thick dust clouds. Astronomers study images like this to learn about star birth. A cluster of three young stars makes up the bright center. The reddish bowl, or arc, traces the outer surface of the cloud encasing the young stars.

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   California Institute of Technology