Picture of the Day: A Massive Star Is Born

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A new image from NASA's Hubble telescope shows the creation of a massive star, IRS 4, located just below the convergence of the two lobes in the picture. The star, according to the Bad Astronomy blog at Discover Magazine, is an O-type star, with the mass of 15 of our suns and 10,000 times as bright. It's in the star-formning region Sharpless 2-106, about 2,000 light years away. According to NASA, the twin lobes of hot gas, cinched at the middle by a ring of dust and gas around the central star, has the appearance of a "soaring, celestial snow angel."

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Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

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