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Saturday, 3 October 2009

Space telescope captures galaxy giving birth to stars

A space telescope has pictured the galaxy forging a new generation of stars.
A British scientist involved in obtaining the pictures said they showed the galaxy in ''a very turbulent process'', constantly creating new generations of stars.

The images were produced by the Herschel Space Observatory using, for the first time, the UK-led Spire camera in tandem with the satellite's other camera, Pacs.

Herschel, launched in May, was designed to view the universe at far infrared wavelengths and carries the largest telescope ever flown into space.

Together, the cameras not only reveal new material in the galaxy but provide astronomers with information about how much material there is, its mass, temperature and composition, and whether or not some of it is collapsing to form new stars.

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