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Cats Paw Nebula
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Cat's Paw Nebula

June 6, 2013
NGC 6334, also known as the Cat’s Paw Nebula, comes alive in this infrared image from the Spitzer Space Telescope. NGC 6334 is forming stars so rapidly that it is undergoing a “mini-starburst.” Young stars are heating surrounding dust, causing it to glow. In this representative-color photo red shows light at a wavelength of 8 microns, green is 4.5 microns, and blue is 3.6 microns.

Credit: S. Willis (CfA); NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSC

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