Stars sometimes form in colorful ways. Pictured above [ http://www.astro.lsa.umich.edu:80/users/iotm/may96/dem192.html ] is a small region in the nearby LMC galaxy [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap950918.html ] where stars are forming. After a star is born [ http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Cyberia/Bima/StarForm.html#StarFormN ], it may do several things to energize its immediate neighborhood. It may develop a strong wind [ http://www-spof.gsfc.nasa.gov/Education/Intro.html ] which pushes away nearby gas [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/lib/glossary.html#hydrogen ]; it may be so hot and intense that emitted light boils away nearby dust and gas [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap951107.html ], and it may be so massive that it soon goes supernova [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap960307.html ] and catapults its elements back to the interstellar medium [ http://www.gsu.edu/other/timeline/ether.html ]. Astronomers study regions like this - named DEM192 - to better understand how these and other processes proceed. This picture is a composite of three separate photographs, each sensitive to only one specific color of light [ http://www.astro.washington.edu/strobel/lightnotes/lightnotes.html ] - a color that distinguishes a specific chemical element [ http://mwanal.lanl.gov/CST/imagemap/periodic/periodic.html ].