NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a stellar ‘caterpillar’ in the midst of a metamorphosis, and is currently collecting material from an envelope of gas surrounding it. Measuring 6-trillion-miles long (1 light year), “harsh winds from extremely bright stars are blasting ultraviolet radiation at this ‘wanna-be’ star and sculpting the gas and dust into its long shape.” Continue reading for a video and more information.

A previous study has called the object, which lies 4,500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, a ‘tadpole in an interstellar pond.’

Harsh winds from extremely bright stars are blasting ultraviolet radiation at this ‘wanna-be’ star, named IRAS 20324+4057, and sculpting the gas and dust into its long shape.

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