Nearly 4.6 billion years ago, within
a vast cloud in interstellar space, a small pocket of gas
and dust collapsed under its own gravity. In the center of
this cloudlet, a star was born our Sun. Witness the birth
of the Sun in this three-minute video, and see how this event
also gave rise to the other bodies in our solar system.
The Solar System Through Time
This Hubble telescope image shows part of the interstellar
cloud known as the Orion Nebula. New solar systems much
like our own are forming within the disks of dust and gas
that surround the stars.