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Star Formation in Orion

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Star Formation in Orion
Will Fischer of the Space Telescope Science Institute

The Sun plays a constant and pivotal role in life on Earth. It is natural to take its presence for granted. Yet we know that the Sun, and the entire Solar System, formed about 5 billion years ago. To probe those origins, astronomers study stars elsewhere in our galaxy that are in the process of formation. Thousands of such young stellar objects can be found in the direction of the Orion constellation. Observations with a variety of space telescopes—including Hubble, Spitzer, and Herschel—have illuminated aspects of the birth of stars and contributed greatly to our understanding of star formation in Orion.

Host: Dr. Frank Summers

Recorded live on Tuesday, June 5 at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.

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