Cosmic Pyrotechnics: New Planetary Nebula Dazzling Astronomers

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Stellar incubator
The Trifid nebula, discovered by the Spitzer telescope, is home to numerous embryonic stars. It's the comparative warmth of the Trifid that made it so easily detectable by Spitzer, which sees in the infrared.

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