What are the glowing clouds in space?

The glowing clouds that you see in pictures from space are called emission nebulas. A emission nebula is a cloud of hot, glowing cloud of gas and dust in space. These nebulas absorb the light of nearby stars and reach very high temperatures. The high temperature causes them to glow. Emission nebulas are often found in regions of space where new stars are forming.


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