A cosmic lightsabre

The two lightsabre-like streams crossing the image are jets of energised gas, ejected from the poles of a young star. If the jets collide with the surrounding gas and dust they can clear vast spaces, and create curved shock waves, seen as knotted clumps called Herbig-Haro objects.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Padgett (GSFC), T. Megeath (University of Toledo), and B. Reipurth (University of Hawaii)

About the Image

Id:heic1526a
Type:Observation
Release date:17 December 2015, 16:00
Related releases:heic1526
Size:1028 x 1218 px

About the Object

Name:HH 24
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Young Stellar Object
Distance:1500 light years
Constellation:Orion
Category:Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 46 9.14
Position (Dec):0° 10' 7.77"
Field of view:1.72 x 2.04 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 10.3° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
I
801 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
Pseudo (814W+Fe II)
Hubble Space Telescope
Infrared
Fe II
1.64 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.537 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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