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Contact: Charles Blue
National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Orion Nebula

Caption: This artist's concept shows two proplyds, or protostars, around a massive O-type star. The nearer proplyd is having its planet-forming dust and gas blasted away by the radiation from the star. The farther proplyd is able to retain its planet-making potential.

Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF, B. Saxton

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