This is beautiful: Hubble Views an Infant Star’s Outburst

11/03/2022
Credit image: ESA/Hubble & NASA, B. Nisini
Credit image: ESA/Hubble & NASA, B. Nisini

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 11 March 2022, at 08:12 am Los Angeles time

The Hubble NASA/ESA telescope made a spectacular capture of an infant star that is in the first phase of its life, with a rare phenomenon captured by telescopes. 

This phenomenon of stellar rage consists of an incandescent jet of gas traveling at supersonic speeds according to NASA. Also, as the star is only in the state of formation, there is material around it, so when the jet reaches the material around the star, it collides with it, causing the material to heat up and then shine. 

According to NASA astronomers, the result of this collision is the colorful structures in the lower right of the image, also called Herbig-Haro. 

Hubble has surprised this object several times so far, in 1994, 2007, and 2015. 

The captured object is named by NASA, HH34, and is approx. 1250 light-years away in the Orion Nebula. It is not surprising that telescopes are always discovering new stars in the Orion Nebula because that region is known as one of the "closest" places to Earth, where many stars are born. 

The telescope also provided important information to the US space agency NASA, from a set of Hubble observations of four nearby light jets with Wide Field Camera 3. According to the scientists, these observations can be compared to those of the James Webb telescope (in the future) and help pave the way for the great NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb space telescope. 

The new telescope, which is already in L2 orbit, will observe at predominantly infrared wavelengths, observing the small details.

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