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Rho Oph Star Formation Region
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Rho Oph Star Formation Region

January 4, 2013
Infrared image by the Spitzer Space Telescope of the Rho Ophiuchi star formation region, about 400 light-years from Earth, with dark dusty filamentary gas clouds. The position of the optically obscured low-mass protostar IRAS 16293-2422 toward which the OD molecule has been detected is marked with a red circle. May 2012 NASA/Spitzer/Caltech-JPL/Harvard University/U. Arizona