<p>The newborn star&nbsp;<a href="https://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1605/">HD 97300</a>&nbsp;lights up surrounding clouds of dust&nbsp;in this picture from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eso.org/public/">European Southern Observatory</a>. The star is among the most massive and&nbsp;brightest in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1405a/">Chamaeleon Complex</a>, a nebula some 500 light-years away.</p>

A Star is Born

The newborn star HD 97300 lights up surrounding clouds of dust in this picture from the European Southern Observatory. The star is among the most massive and brightest in the Chamaeleon Complex, a nebula some 500 light-years away.

Photograph by European Southern Observatory

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