Topics » Science & Technology   April 18, 2012

Space Tornadoes, Baby Stars, and Ancient Galaxies

The Trifid Nebula

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The Trifid Nebula

The Trifid Nebula, 5,400 light-years from Earth in the constellation Sagittarius, hosts stars at all stages of life, surrounded by gas and dust. Spitzer's IRAC camera studies how stars mature and how their stellar life cycle affects their surrounding environment.