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Dark, sinuous clouds of cold hydrogen gas reveal themselves as shadows against the glow of warmer, brighter clouds in the background. Some of the dark clouds may be in the process of condensing further into molecular gas, the first step in the formation of new stars.
This image, made with radio telescopes at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory near Penticton, British Columbia, was presented to the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, TX on January 8, 1999. PHOTO CREDIT: Steven Gibson and Russ Taylor of the University of Calgary.
EDITORS: This image and related images are available at the internet address http://www.ras.ucalgary.ca/~gibson/hisa/.