A Firestorm of Star Birth

A Firestorm of Star Birth

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News release ID: STScI-2015-11
Release Date: Apr 9, 2015
Image Use: Copyright
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This illustration depicts a view of the night sky from a hypothetical planet within the youthful Milky Way galaxy 10 billion years ago. The heavens are ablaze with a firestorm of star birth. Glowing pink clouds of hydrogen gas harbor countless newborn stars, and the bluish-white hue of young star clusters litter the landscape. The star-birth rate is 30 times higher than it is in the Milky Way today. Our Sun, however, is not among these fledgling stars. The Sun will not be born for another 5 billion years.

Artwork, Cosmology, Distant Galaxies, Galaxies, Milky Way


NASA, ESA, and Z. Levay (STScI)