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Zoom In On The Birth Of A Star (VIDEO)

21/08/2013 06:53 BST | Updated 20/10/2013 10:12 BST

This video from the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-Millimeter Array (ALMA) in northern Chile looks at first like a fairly standard shot of the (albeit majestic) star fields of the Milky Way. And then it starts to zoom. And zoom. And zoom...

The video eventually focuses on a cloud about 1,400 light years from Earth in the constellation Vela, where a new star is being born. The video puts the event in true perspective - violent (the jets pictured are exploding at a million miles an hour) but also beautiful.