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January 9, 2014 10:15 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2014-02

Electronic Book for Students with Visual Impairments Reaches for the Stars

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Video: Simulation of Star Birth in the Tarantula Nebula (Narrated)

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This video animation illustrates how astronomers believe star formation began inside a molecular cloud in the satellite galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud. The video shows how first-generation stars form and carve out bubbles of ionized gas, which expand to eventually give the Tarantula Nebula its complex appearance.

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

Science Credit: NASA, ESA, and E. Sabbi (STScI)

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