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August 29, 2013 12:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2013-35

Hubble Sees a Cosmic Caterpillar


Video: Protostar IRAS 20324+4057 Zoom Sequence

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This video begins with a view of the stars in the constellation Cygnus. We zoom into the Cygnus OB2 association region, and then into a Hubble view of protostar IRAS 20234+4057. This light-year-long knot of interstellar gas and dust resembles a caterpillar on its way to a feast.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

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