Shrouded behind dense gas and dust, a star is born--not in Hollywood but in a molecular cloud in space. In this cocoon, a young protostar grows via gravity, while at the same time spewing material in huge spectacular outflows. At the very center, dust grains are growing, and a disk of material (the origin of planets) forms. In this talk, I will explore the new and exciting images of these baby stars and what they tell us about star formation--and about our place in the Universe.
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