Hubble Finds Young Stars in Cosmic Dance - This composite image, made with two cameras aboard NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows a pair of 12 light-year-long jets of gas blasted into space from a young system of three stars. These stars are located near a huge torus, or donut, of gas and dust from which they formed. - Credit: NASA/ESA and B. Reipurth (CASA, Univ. of Colorado)
Star Cluster Pismis 24/Nebula NGC 6357: Pismis 24 hangs over NGC 6357, a nebula about 8000 ly away in the constellation Scorpius. This picture showed that the brightest star in the cluster is in fact two stars in a tight binary orbit. Each star is about 100 times the Sun's mass. Hubble
The center of our Milky Way Galaxy is hidden from the prying eyes of optical telescopes by clouds of obscuring dust and gas. But the Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared cameras, penetrate much of the dust revealing the stars of the crowded galactic center region. Stars are packed together and race around the supermassive black hole that lies at the center. Our sun is located 26,000 light-years away in a more peaceful, spacious neighborhood, out in the galactic suburbs.