With apologies for the love-song pun assault of today's headlines, we present NASA's Image of the Day.
Dubbed "Celestial Valentine," the infrared portrait displays generations of stars in a formation loosely shaped like a heart. In space, no one can hear it break.
Seen by the space agency's Spitzer Space Telescope, the heart's home exists in a star-forming region of space called "W5."
- Blue dots: Oldest stars. Seen in the center of the hollow cavities.
- Pink dots: Younger stars. Seen near the cavity rims and pillar tips.
- White knotty areas: Where the youngest stars are forming.
- Red: Heated dust.
- Green: Dense clouds.