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Amazing image of stars being born

Hubble Space Telescope image of NGC 2467

An amazing new image of stars being born has been captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

The stunning snap shows swirling clouds of gas and dust, sprinkled with the bright blue, hot young stars.

The stars show up as bright blue because they're giving off ultraviolet radiation.

It's all happening in a distant region called NGC 2467, which is a massive cloud of gas that acts like a nursery for the baby stars to grow in.

Stars are born within the clouds of dust and gas scattered throughout most galaxies.

Activity within these clouds eventually make them collapse because of gravity.

The stuff in the centre of the collapsing cloud then heats up, creating a star.

The region NGC 2467 is thought to be about 13,000 light years from Earth.