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Searching for orphan stars amid starbirth fireworks

A new Gemini Observatory image reveals a remarkable display of “fireworks” accompanying the birth of stars. The image captures in unprecedented clarity the remarkable structures of a gas jet complex emanating from a stellar nursery at supersonic speeds. The striking new image hints at the remarkably dynamic (and messy) process of star birth. Researchers believe they have also found a collection of runaway (orphan) stars that result from all this activity.

Visit Website | Image credit: Gemini Observatory/AURA/B. Reipurth, C. Aspin, T. Rector