Jet from HH-47
This Hubble Space Telescope image reveals new secrets of star birth as recorded in a spectacular jet of gas the star has ejected.
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.Credit:
J. Morse (STScI), and NASA/ESA 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)
About the Image
|Release date:||6 June 1995, 20:00|
|Size:||800 x 575 px|
About the Object
|Type:||• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Young Stellar Object|
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Jet
|Distance:||1400 light years|
Colours & filters
Hubble Space Telescope