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Gemini Spies Supersonic Stellar Winds in McNeil Nebula

A timely discovery by American amateur astronomer Jay McNeil, followed immediately by observations at the Gemini Observatory, has provided a rare glimpse into the slow yet violent birth of a star about 1,500 light-years away. The Gemini findings reveal some of the strongest stellar winds ever detected around an embryonic Sun-like star.

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Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph image of the McNeil Nebula obtained on Feb 14th with the Frederick C. Gillett Gemini Telescope on Mauna Kea Hawaii. This image was obtained by Gemini Observatory/Colin Aspin and processed into a color composite by Kirk Pu'uohau-Pummill (Gemini Observatory) and Travis Rector (University of Alaska, Anchorage).

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