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.

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.

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

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9524d
Type:Collage
Release date:6 June 1995, 20:00
Size:800 x 575 px

About the Object

Name:HH 47
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Young Stellar Object
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Jet
• X - Stars Images/Videos
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:1400 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
R
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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