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Cosmic Cloud Poised to Birth Massive Star

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posted on Jun, 9 2009 @ 04:26 PM
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Cosmic Cloud Poised to Birth Massive Star


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PASADENA, CALIF. — A massive, tranquil object found lurking in a dark cloud in our galaxy could be about to transform into a massive star or stars, giving astronomers their first glimpse at such a region on the cusp of stellar birth.

The cloud, located near the Aquila rift in the galactic plane 23,000 light-years away, has a mass 120 times that of the sun, but it is all compressed into a volume smaller than the Oort cloud of comets orbiting our solar system, astronomers said here today at the 214th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

The temperature of the cloud is less than
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posted on Jun, 9 2009 @ 04:26 PM
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Hey this is pretty cool, a first glimpse into this phenomena for scientists! I hope they post pictures of it, possibly on space.com or maybe NASA either way I'd like to see it. So I wanted to share this article here and I hope those of you who like space activity enjoy this.If I run across any pictures I will post them here for all to see!

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posted on Jun, 9 2009 @ 04:33 PM
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Kind of wild when you realize that this star was emerging back when our ancestors were spitting paint around their hands in caves, isn't it?

I always love stuff like this, though. Deep space is gorgeous.



posted on Jun, 9 2009 @ 04:35 PM
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Stars are beautiful. It's certainly a rare chance to see it form. I wonder how long it'll take for that to happen?



posted on Jun, 9 2009 @ 04:43 PM
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Everybody loves babies! even baby stars are cool
I hope we will see pictures of it, if it happens in our lifetime that is.



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