Spitzer sees baby stars hatching in Orion’s head

A new image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars “hatching” in the head of Orion, the famous hunter constellation visible from northern hemispheres during winter nights. Astronomers suspect that shockwaves from a 3-million-year-old explosion of a massive star may have initiated this newfound birth.
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Credit: [NASA/JPL-Caltech/ Laboratorio de Astrofisica Espacial y Fisica Fundamental]
It looks like the head of Orion is spawning new stars… well according to new data obtained by the Sptizer Space Telescope. The images are actually of the region Barnard 30 which is about 1,300 light years away and is nicely positioned on the hunters head. It is near the massive star Lambda Orionis and it suggested that this new star formation is possibly due to the shockwaves that were produced from a 3-million-year-old explosion of a massive star.

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