<p>A cosmic angel seems to spread its shimmering wings in a newly released <a href="http://www.spacetelescope.org/">Hubble Space Telescope</a> picture of the star-forming region called Sh 2-106.</p><p>The cloud of dust and gas is being shaped by a young star called S106 IR. On the cusp of adulthood, the growing star is "rebelling" against its parent cloud, ejecting material at high speed and creating glowing lobes of hot, turbulent hydrogen gas.</p>

Rebel Angel

A cosmic angel seems to spread its shimmering wings in a newly released Hubble Space Telescope picture of the star-forming region called Sh 2-106.

The cloud of dust and gas is being shaped by a young star called S106 IR. On the cusp of adulthood, the growing star is "rebelling" against its parent cloud, ejecting material at high speed and creating glowing lobes of hot, turbulent hydrogen gas.

Image courtesy ESA/NASA

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