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Interstellar hydrogen gas and dust appear to stand like columns
- Title Interstellar hydrogen gas and dust appear to stand like columns
- Released 16/05/2003 2:19 pm
- Copyright Jeff Hester and Paul Scowen (Arizona State University), and NASA
These columns that resemble stalagmites rising from the floor of a cavern are cool interstellar hydrogen gas and dust columns that behave as incubators for new stars. Inside them, and on their surface, astronomers have found knots or globules of denser gas. These are called Evaporating Gaseous Globules (EGG). Stars are being formed inside at least some of the EGGs.