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posted 20. November 2005 19:42
Source: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Release No.: 05-36
Spitzer Harvests Dozens of New Stars
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
High-resolution images to accompany this release are online at http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/press/pr0536image.html
Cambridge, MA-- Just in time for Thanksgiving, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has harvested a bounty of young stars. A new infrared image of the reflection nebula NGC 1333, located about 1,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Perseus, reveals dozens of stars like the Sun but much younger.
"These newborns are less than a million years old - babies by astronomical standards," said Rob Gutermuth of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). "Our Sun may have formed in a similar environment 4.5 billion years ago."
Read full press release at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Read a related NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Release
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