This group of baby stars still forming from collapsing gas clouds have not yet ignited their hydrogen fuel.
The Small Magellanic Cloud is a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way and Hubble has uncovered a population of embryonic stars within. Hubble provides a crisp view of these young stars as they coalesce out of gravitationally collapsing gas clouds. The stars have not yet ignited their hydrogen fuel to sustain nuclear fusion. The smallest of these infant stars is only half the mass of our Sun.
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Object Name: NGC 346
Release Date: Jan 12, 2005
Image Credits: NASA, ESA, and A. Nota (STScI/ESA)