Nasa’s Spitzer Telescope Spots Active Star Formation in The Spider Nebula

Nasa’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted a nebula known as “The Spider” – located some 10,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Auriga – which is clearly a site of active star formation. The Spider, officially named IC 417, lies near a much smaller object called NGC 1931. Together, the two are called “The Spider and the Fly” nebulae. Nebulae are clouds of interstellar gas and dust where stars can form. The Spider resides in the outer part of the Milky Way, almost exactly in the opposite direction from the…

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