The Westerlund 2 cluster consists of roughly 3,000 stars inside a vibrant stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29,
located 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina. The comparatively young, 2-million-year-old star cluster
contains some of our galaxy's hottest, brightest, and most massive stars. The largest stars are unleashing a torrent
of ultraviolet light and hurricane-force winds that etch away the enveloping hydrogen gas cloud. This creates a
fantasy celestial landscape of pillars, ridges, and valleys.
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