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Jet from HH-47

Jet from HH-47

Depicts: HH-47
Copyright: J. Morse (STScI), and NASA Co-investigators: B. Reipurth (European Southern Observ.), S. Heathcote (Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observ.), P. Hartigan (Rice Univ.), J. Bally (Univ. of Colorado), R. Schwartz (Univ. of Missouri),J. Stone (Univ. of Maryland)

This Hubble Space Telescope image reveals new secrets of star birth as recorded in a spectacular jet of gas the star has ejected.

Center Image

Resembling the vertebrae of an imaginary space alien, this one-half light-year long jet of gas has burst out of a dark cloud of gas and dust which hides the newly forming star located in the lower left corner of the image.

Upper Left Image

An enlargement of a portion of the jet near the star shows the complicated interactions that take place when the ejected gas collides with the interstellar medium.

Lower Right Image

A massive clump of jet material collides with upstream gas and creates a bow-shaped shock wave, like a boat speeding across a lake.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
27-Jan-2023 00:26 UT

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