The Evolving Universe

Smithsonian Institution

Nebula IC 410

IC410 image

Credit: Harvard-Smithsonian CfA

Observers: Nelson Caldwell and Brian McLeod, CfA

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Most stars form close together in nebulae - large cosmic clouds of gas and dust that act as stellar nurseries. Over time, the stars drift apart. Every newly formed star has a disk of gas and dust around it with enough material to form a planetary system.

  • Distance from Earth: 13,000 light years
  • Size: 15 light years
  • Telescope: MMT/Megacam
  • Light: Visible