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Explanation: The North America Nebula can do what most North Americans cannot — form stars. Precisely where in the nebula  these stars are forming has been mostly obscured by some of the nebula’s thick dust that is opaque to visible light. However, a new view  of theNorth America Nebula  in infrared light  by the orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope  has peered through  much of the dust and uncovered thousands of newly formed stars. The new infrared image  neatly captures young stars in many stages of formation, from being imbedded in dense knots of gas and dust , to being surrounded by disks  and emitted jets , to being clear  of their birth cocoons. The North America Nebula  (NGC 7000 ) spans about 50 light years  and lies about 1,500 light years away toward the constellation  of the Swan (Cygnus ). Still, of all the stars known in the North America Nebula, which massive stars emit the energetic light that gives the ionized red glow  is still debated .