Jet from HH-47
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.