A nebula in the shape of a butterfly is considered to be the birthplace of hundreds of new stars. The officially Westerhout 40, to be referred to the fog is to be seen on an infrared photograph from the Spitzer space telescope.

Westerhout 40 is 1400 light years, about the same distance from earth as the better-known Orion nebula, as the world watched on Wednesday (local time). With a little imagination, he formed the outline of a butterfly.

the two butterfly wings are huge bubbles of hot interstellar Gas. If the Gas and dust particles are driven into the cloud by gravity – and each other anzögen and a dense mass is formed, could be Baby-star.

The “Spitzer”space telescope is already for over 15 years in All. According to the astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer named infrared telescope was the 25. August 2003, launched from the spaceport Cape Canaveral. (SDA/wheel)