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Trapezium Cluster


Probing deep within a neighborhood stellar nursery, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope uncovered a swarm of newborn brown dwarfs. The orbiting observatory's near-infrared camera revealed about 50 of these objects throughout the Orion Nebula's Trapezium cluster [image at right], about 1,500 light-years from Earth. Appearing like glistening precious stones surrounding a setting of sparkling diamonds, more than 300 fledgling stars and brown dwarfs surround the brightest, most massive stars [center of picture] in Hubble's view of the Trapezium cluster's central region.



The brown dwarfs are too dim to be seen in an image taken by the Hubble telescope's visible-light camera [picture at left].


Credit: NASA, C.R. O'Dell and S.K. Wong (Rice University)

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