• It is unlikely that we will ever see a star being born. Stars are like animals in the wild. We may see the very young, but never their actual birth, which is a veiled and secret event. Stars are born inside thick clouds of dust and gas in the spiral arms of the galaxy, so thick that visible light cannot penetrate them.

    Heinz R. Pagels (1985). “Perfect symmetry: the search for the beginning of time”, Simon & Schuster
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