HST Reveals Growth Processes of Young Star

A NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of a vast cloud of gas being heated by the birth of a new star. This image is being presented at the 182nd meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Berkeley, California.

Called Herbig-Haro object #2 (HH-2), the cloud is heated by shock waves from jets of high speed gas being ejected from a newborn star. Because the star itself is embedded in a dusty cocoon, HH-2 provides the only visible clues to physical processes occurring in the young star. The Hubble observations made with the Wide Field/Planetary Camera WF/PC) provide new insight into similar events that probably occurred when our Sun and Solar System formed 4.6 billion years ago.

Credit:

Dick Schwatrz (Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9317a
Type:Observation
Release date:10 June 1993, 06:00
Size:2461 x 2395 px

About the Object

Name:HH 2
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Young Stellar Object
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Jet
• X - Stars Images/Videos

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
OIII
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC1
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC1
Optical
SII
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC1

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