The Beautiful Birth of a New Star
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The Beautiful Birth of a New Star

Welcome to the Universe, IRAS 14568-6304. There's no catchy name for this particular stellar object, because it's too new to have been given one.

This image from the European Space Agency shows a young star, shrouded by a golden veil of light. Eventually, the gas it's ejecting-at speeds far in excess of the speed of sound-will burn through the cloud of dust and gas, revealing the star in all its glory. Maybe by then it'll have a name.

The star, which is at least 2280 light-years away, was photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in visible and infrared light. There are other new stars in the vicinity-known as the Circinus molecular cloud complex-too. In the coming centuries, they'll form a bight constellation of their own that people on Earth will gaze up at in wonder.