Wallpaper: Bok Globules in the Milky Way

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Bok Globules in the Milky Way

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These dense knots of cosmic dust and gas are absorbing light in the center of the nearby emission nebula and star-forming region, NGC 281. If Bok Globules can capture enough mass, they may create stars in their cores. Others, including perhaps these, will just dissipate over time.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Acknowledgment: P. McCullough (STScI)

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