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Birth of a new star

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 00:45

Aug. 21 - Astronomers in Chile vividly capture the violent birth of a new star in the constellation Vela. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Astronomers in Chile captured the violent birth of a new star some 1,400 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Vela. The amazing footage shows the energetic burst of glowing gas that powers new stars being ejected at supersonic speeds as high as one million km (621,000 miles) per hour, colliding with space dust and debris. The images were captured with the European Southern Observatory's ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre / submillimetre Array) telescope in Chile. According to the ESO the unprecedented shots reveal in never-before-seen detail the extreme velocities of the jets of gas as they stream from the new star. Astronomers in Chile will use the footage to study the process of star formation and will continue to track the newborn star.

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Birth of a new star

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 00:45