Mountains of creation

Mountains of creation

Fig. 16.4 . The infrared heat radiation of hundreds of embryonic stars (white/yellow) and windblown, star-forming clouds (red), detected from the Spitzer Space Telescope. The intense radiation and winds of a nearby massive star, located just above the image frame, probably triggered the star formation and sculpted the cool gas and dust into towering pillars. (Courtesy of NASA, JPL-Caltech, Harvard-Smithsonian CfA, ESA, and STScI.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University