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June 10, 1993 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1993-17

HST Reveals Stunning Detail in Herbig-Haro Object

An American Astronomical Society Meeting Release

June 10, 1993: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has provided astronomers with their clearest look yet at a vast cloud of gas being heated by the birth of a new star. 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.

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Co-investigators: Martin Cohen (Univ. of California-Berkeley), Burton Jones (Univ. of California-Santa Cruz), Karl-Heinz Bolim (Univ. of Washington), John Raymond and Lee Harnnann (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Reinhard Mundt (Max-Planck- Institute fur Astronomie, Heidelberg, Germany), Michael Dopita (Mt. Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories, Australia), and Angie Schultz graduate student at Washington Univ., St. Louis, conducting Ph.D. thesis work at Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis).