The stellar jets of HH 24 in 3D

This movie envisions a three-dimensional perspective on the Herbig-Haro object as it is seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

The sequence starts with a wide-field view covering the vast dark cloud of the Orion B molecular cloud complex and a scattering of stars. As the virtual camera flies into the dark nebula, the stars pass off-screen and the details of the forming stars and their red jets are revealed.

While the central star is hidden, its lightsabre-like jets peak out of the gas and dust. These jets have carved an hourglass-shaped cavity in the near side of the nebula.

The jet from another stellar newborn in this region has created a cylindrical tunnel through the gas extending to the left. Careful study of the Hubble data reveals a few other jets heating and displacing the gas and dust around them.


NASA, ESA, G. Bacon, L. Frattare, Z. Levay, and F. Summers (Viz3D Team, STScI)
Acknowledgment: NASA, ESA, Digitized Sky Survey (DSS), STScI/AURA, Palomar/Caltech, UKSTU/AAO, Gemini Observatory/AURA/B. Reipurth, C. Aspin, and T. Rector, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)/Hubble-Europe (ESA) Collaboration, D. Padgett (GSFC), T. Megeath (University of Toledo), and B. Reipurth (University of Hawaii)

About the Video

Release date:17 December 2015, 16:00
Related releases:heic1526
Duration:30 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:HH 24
Type:Early Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Young Stellar Object



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