(ORDO NEWS) — The Hubble Space Telescope captured the Herbig objects Haro HH 1 and HH 2. Both objects are in the constellation of Orion, about 1250 light-years from Earth.
HH 1 is the glowing cloud above the bright star in the upper right of this image, while HH 2 is the cloud in the lower left.
Both Herbig-Haro objects are clearly visible in the image, but the young star system responsible for their creation is out of view.
She is shrouded in thick clouds of dust in the center of this image. However, a stream of gas from one of these stars, similar to a bright jet, flows out of the central dark cloud.
Astronomers once thought that the bright binary star between this jet and the HH 1 cloud was the source of these jets, but it turns out that this one has nothing to do with them.
Herbig-Haro objects are luminous clusters that form around some newborn stars. They form when jets of gas blasted outward by young stars collide with surrounding gas and dust at incredibly high speeds.
In 2002, Hubble observations showed that parts of HH 1 were moving at over 400 km/s!
Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 captured these stellar nurseries using 11 different filters in the infrared, visible and ultraviolet wavelengths.
Each of these filters is sensitive to only a small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, allowing astronomers to pinpoint processes that emit light at certain wavelengths.
In the case of HH 1 and HH 2, astronomers requested Hubble observations for two different studies.
The first examines the structure and movement of the Herbig-Haro objects seen in this image, while the second examines the streams themselves to lay the groundwork for future observations with the James Webb Space Telescope.
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