Beam Me Up

Just Wow!


hh24This image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in infrared light. The bright lines in this picture are particle beams, powerful jets of electrons and protons moving hundreds of km/s. Frequently, when a star forms, a disk of dust and gas circles the Young Stellar Object causes powerful central jets to appear. In this case, the energetic jets are creating aYSO called Herbig-Haro object 24 (HH 24), as they slam into the surrounding interstellar gas. The star forming region shown here lies about 1,500 light years away in the Orion B molecular cloud complex. Because of their rarity, jets like the one forming HH 24 are estimated to last only a few thousand years.

Image Credit: NASA

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About Reinhard Marton

30+ years a student of the World of Technology.
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One Response to Beam Me Up

  1. M. R. says:

    I say that your house-moving is taking up all your time – I mean, of course, the settling-in part of it – and you are now taking the lazy blogger’s way of keeping your presence on-line.
    For shame, Reinhard! [grin] I personally miss your own writings. Mind you, I also adore astrophysics – if only I understood ’em.

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