Why are there so many different colors in space?



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    The resulting colors that we see in the amazing deep space images from the Hubble and other telescopes are giant clouds of gases, the ‘building blocks’ of new stars and solar systems.  Light from stars within these immense clouds of gas, nebulae, refracts through the cloud and illuminates different elements within the nebula, which primarily is composed of hydrogen.  New stars are formed as the dust and gases from these huge clouds, literally light years in size, begins to settle, and produces the vast array of amazing colors we see in astronomical images today. 

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