An image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a detailed view of young stars in the spiral galaxy M83. The newest generations of stars are forming largely in clusters on the edges of the dark dust lanes, the backbone of the spiral arms. These fledgling stars, only a few million years old, are bursting out of their dusty cocoons and producing bubbles of reddish, glowing hydrogen gas. The remains of about 60 supernova blasts, the deaths of massive stars, can be seen in the image, five times more than known previously in this region.
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