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Panning across NGC 3603

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NGC 3603 is a starburst region: a cosmic factory where stars form frantically from the nebula’s extended clouds of gas and dust. Located 22 000 light-years away from the Sun, it is the closest region of this kind known in our galaxy, providing astronomers with a local test bed for studying the intense star formation processes, very common in other galaxies, but hard to observe in detail because of their large distance.



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About the Video

Release date:3 February 2010, 12:00
Related releases:eso1005

About the Object

Type:• X - Nebulae
• X - Stars


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