A colorful, craggy colunm of dust and gas dubbed the Mystic Mountain stars in the newest picture from the Hubble Sapace Telescope. Released on April, 23 as part of celebrations for Hubble's 20th anniversary, the picture highlights the result of star birth in the Carina nebula.
Hot young stars are constantly emiting radiation and charged particles that sculpt the cosmic cloud from the inside. Columns like this one are regions of matter dense enough to stand up to stellar erosion.
Published in April 27, 2010
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