This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is called "Mountains of Creation," pillars of cosmic dust where stars are born. These mountains of cool gas and dust are illuminated at their tips with light from new stars. Scientists believe that the pillars were formed by one massive star and will eventually become dense enough to form a new generation of stars.
November 11, 2005 11:29 AM PST
Photo by: NASA/JPL-Caltech/L. Allen (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)