NASA tweeted pictures from Hubble Telescope demonstrating a jaw-dropping cosmic tantrum. The US space agency took reference from Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut movie, A Star Is Born while announcing it.
The cycle of birth and death goes on and on and despite the passage of several millenniums, the phenomenon of birth still doesn’t cease to mesmerize us. NASA’s Hubble Telescope captured some stunning snaps of stellar tantrums produced by an infant star HH-34 that has made everyone awestruck from astrophile to seasoned astronomers.
Protostar HH-34 is a relatively young object in the cosmos. Herbig-Haro 34 is in the stage of stellar evolution and is located at a distance of 1,500 light-years in the proximity of the Orion Nebula. Hubble obtained its images during its protostar stage in 1999, followed by observing it in 2007 and 2015 too.
A tweet from NASA Hubble’s Twitter account shared an image of the cosmic tantrum demonstrated by HH-34 which is still in its nascent stage of formation. It comprises an incandescent jet of gas traversing through the fabric of space-time at hypersonic speed. The HH-34 object is still in its earliest stage of formation. Its structure and appearance are quite complicated and overwhelming as it consists of two jets in opposite directions. Thus, it produces a blast of “bullets” similar to that of a machine-gun comprising dense gas ejected at high velocity. The nascent interstellar object experiences episodes of outbursts. The jet ejected from it collides with the surrounding cosmic matter, thereby causing the material to heat up and produce incandescence.
The #HubbleFriday image also used the 2018 movie title “A Star Is Born” to caption their post. As the pictures from Hubble Telescope come floating to us, the meters begin analyzing them.
Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 captured the present image. NASA scientists further believe that the James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble’s contemporary counterpart would be able to peer further through the surrounding envelopes of protostars in the formation. Thus, it will help to achieve breakthrough results in observing jets of nascent stars.
James Webb Space Telescope-pictures from Hubble Telescope
The James Web Space Telescope was launched into space on Christmas day last year. The Hubble Telescope has been operational since 1990. It was a joint venture between NASA and the European Space Agency. JWST, Hubble’s successor is NASA’s flagship mission, which is being executed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Powered to conduct infrared astronomy impeccably, the Webb is at its observing spot known as Lagrange Point 2 (L2) currently. The engineers are currently working on the fourth phase of aligning the mirrors of the Webb.