Origin of the Solar System (image) University of Chicago Caption Scientists in the University of Chicago's Origins Laboratory have published the latest in a series of papers about the origin of the solar system. Infant stars glow reddish-pink in this infrared image of the Serpens star-forming region, captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Four and a half billion years ago, the sun may have looked much like one of the baby stars deeply embedded in the cosmic cloud of gas and dust that collapsed to create it. Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/L. Cieza (University of Texas at Austin) Usage Restrictions News organizations may use this image in connection with reports about the work of Nicolas Dauphas and his associates. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.