SUMMARY: A new image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows how a few monstrous stars in a stellar nebula can create a community of smaller stars. The image is of the Carina Nebula, a well known nebula located 10,000 light-years away in our Milky Way galaxy. It contains the massive star Eta Carinae, which could explode as a supernova within our lifetime. It's surrounded by clouds of dust and gas which have been collapsed by radiation streaming off Eta Carinae to create new stars. As you get further from Eta Carinae, this process creates smaller and smaller stars.
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