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Stars and stellar evolution
Stellar Shadow in Serpens Nebula
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Photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

This image from the Hubble Space Telescope features a portion of the Serpens Nebula and a large stellar shadow nicknamed the "Bat Shadow."

Facts of interest about the image

The Hubble Space Telescope's near-infrared vision captured the "Bat Shadow" being cast by a disk that surrounds a young star called HBC 672. The giant, wing-like feature spans about 200 times the length of our solar system and is visible on the right side of the image. A similar looking shadow is being cast by another young star, at the upper left of the image. The disks, themselves, are hidden from view.


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