On Friday, the US space agency (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) released (12) new images taken by the Hubble Telescope of celestial clouds located about 1,000 light-years from Earth.
The images are for locations around the Herbig-Haro HH 505 object. According to the agencies, these types of objects are luminous areas located around newborn stars. They form when stellar winds or jets of gas emitted by these stars form shock waves when they collide with gas and dust at high speeds.
In the case of Herbig-Haro HH 505, the streams originating from the body come from the star “IX Ori”, located in the Orion Nebula region, about 1,000 light-years from Earth.
Agencies explain that this site has intense ultraviolet radiation from bright young stars. In this region, thousands of stars are forming and is considered the closest massive star formation site to Earth. So, this is one of the more sites that Hubble has examined.
The new images were captured by an Advanced Camera System (ACS). With this technology, astronomers can observe the jets and flows that occur in the region of newborn stars.
Hubble has surveyed and photographed the universe for 32 years. At the end of March, the telescope set a new record: it captured an image of the farthest star ever seen. It belongs to a galaxy whose light was left there only 900 million years after the Big Bang, the event that gave birth to the universe as we know it today.
In late 2021, James Webb was another telescope launched to take pictures of the universe. According to astronomers, the quality of the images he took is an indication that we are approaching a new moment for space exploration.
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