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Photo Journal: A star is born

This image captured by a space telescope shows a red disc of gas surrounding a giant forming star and blue gasses spiraling out poloidally, in the Orion Nebula about 1,400 light years away from Earth. A team led by astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and the Graduate University for Advanced Studies announced that they have succeeded in capturing the phenomenon in rare detail, possibly shedding light on the enigma of the growth process of stars. The gigantic ALMA space telescope in Chile managed to catch the image of the protostar, called Source I in Orion KL and which is about nine times the mass of our sun. (Image provided by ALMA space telescope and others)

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