Celestial Lightsabers: The Stellar Jets of HH 24 (2-D Zoom)

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Duration: 28 seconds

This sequence zooms from a night sky view of the Orion constellation into a striking Hubble Space Telescope image of the Herbig-Haro object known as HH 24. Located above the left side of Orion's Belt is the vast dark nebula called the Orion B molecular cloud complex. Within this molecular cloud are many bright regions where stars are forming. This video closes in on a particularly energetic example containing several newborn stars that give off long thin jets of emission. The prominent twin jets of emission from the hidden central star resemble a cosmic, double-bladed lightsaber.

Astronomical, Emission Nebulae, Hubble Telescope, Illustrative, Nebulae, Reflection Nebulae, Stars, Stellar Jets


Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon, L. Frattare, Z. Levay, and F. Summers (Viz 3D Team, STScI)

Acknowledgment: NASA, ESA, A. Fujii, Digitized Sky Survey (DSS), STScI/AURA, Palomar/Caltech, UKSTU/AAO, T. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Schweiker/WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF, 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)

Publication: December 17, 2015

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