The Hubble Space Telescope She captured a laser-like jet that represented a “tantrum” thrown by an infant star.
The explosion came from a very young star just beginning its evolution, and the image shows a jet of gas traveling faster than sound. The glow you see in the image comes from the plane colliding with gas and dust around the star, according to officials at the European Space Agency (ESA) Written in the description of the picture Monday (March 7th).
“The result is the brittle colored structures, which astronomers refer to as Herbig-Haro objects, billowing across the lower left of this image,” the officials added. (Herbig-Haro objects are bright patches of gas, or hazy, near newborn stars.)
It’s not the first time Hubble has captured this thing with a camera. The telescope directed its eyes at the area called HH34, Between 1994 and 2007 With very high accuracy in 2015noted the European Space Agency.
HH34 is located about 1250 light years from Earth and resides in the famous Orion Nebula, which Hubble has also photographed several times over the decades. Orion is known as star birth regions, and Hubble has an advantage in looking at the nebula; It is the closest stellar nursery to Earth.
The European Space Agency added that the new images will be useful for possible future science with its recent launch James Webb Space Telescopewhich is in the commissioning period until approximately June.
ESA officials wrote: “Webb – who will observe mostly in the infrared wavelength – will be able to look into the dusty envelopes surrounding protostars that are still forming, revolutionizing the study of the jets of these young stars.” “Hubble high-resolution images of HH34 and other aircraft will help astronomers interpret future observations using Webb.”