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Birth of a star captured in image by ALMA

By VERONICA LINARES, UPI.com   |   Aug. 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM   |   Comments

Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Astronomers in Chile have captured footage of a star in the process of being born.

The ALMA radio telescope -- a joint venture between North America, Europe and Asia -- recorded the images from the birth.

According the SPACE.com, the images show the "nascent star about 1,400 light-years from Earth unleashing material at nearly 84,477 mph (144,000 km/h), which then crashes into surrounding gas, causing it to glow."

ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is one of the largest ground-based astronomy projects in the world and will be the major new facility for observations in the millimeter/submillimeter regime. It is located in the Atacama desert of northern Chile.

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