Cosmic caterpillar

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Cosmic caterpillar is a mixture of interstellar gas and dust that extends to a light year in length. It has been captured by the Hubble telescope and resembles a caterpillar on its way to a feast.[1] The celestial object has been observed at the Cygnus constellation, 4500 light years away. The head of the object is a protostar but the presence of 65 O-type stars, which tend to scatter the matter accumulated by the Cosmic caterpillar has scientists doubting if the caterpillar will mature into a star[2]


  1. ^ "NASA's Hubble Sees a Cosmic Caterpillar". Science Daily. 
  2. ^ Vincent, James (30 August 2013). "Nasa spots a 'Cosmic Caterpillar' in the middle of metamorphosis". The Independent (London).