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Star Formation in Orion

Presented by: Will Fischer (Space Telescope Science Institute)
Category: Education and Outreach   Duration: 1 hour   Broadcast date: June 05, 2018
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The Sun plays a constant and pivotal role in life on Earth; such that it is natural to take its presence for granted. Yet we know that the Sun, and the entire solar system, formed about five 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 key aspects of the birth of stars and contributed greatly to our understanding of star formation in Orion.