NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has captured a portrait of multiple clusters of stars born out of the same dust and gas.
On Friday, May 31, the U.S. space agency published a mosaic showing the Cepheus C and Cepheus B regions. According to the release, scientists combined the data from Spitzer’s Infrared Array Camera or IRAC and the Multiband Imaging Photometer or MIPS during the “cold” mission of the space telescope to create the stunning image.
The green-and-orange region represents a nebula, a giant cloud of gas and dust. NASA explained that the nebula is what is left over from a much larger cloud that has been carved away by the radiation of stars. A bright white region at the top of the photo, where the green and orange nebula seem to flow from, is the combination of four colors, each representing a different wavelength of infrared light.
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