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05.26.11

Protostar HOPS-68 in Orion

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope detected tiny green crystals, called olivine, thought to be raining down on a developing star. An arrow points to the embryonic star, called HOPS-68. It is located in the dark filamentary cloud of cold dust and gas, over 5 light-years in length, located just north of the Orion nebula, which is seen here as the bright region at the bottom of the image.