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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.

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    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.

  • [Photo: Orion Nebula]

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