A set of new still images collected by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show in unprecedented detail the jets of glowing gas ejected from young stars.
The phenomenon provides clues to the process out of which a star is born, probably giving a peek at how our sun came into existence 4.5 billion years ago, NASA said Wednesday.
“The jets are a byproduct of gas accretion around newly forming stars and shoot off at supersonic speeds of about 100 miles per second in opposite directions through space.”
One of the premier space science observatories, Hubble has been astounding scientists with deeply beautiful imagery. Its discoveries in the last 21 years have revolutionized nearly all areas of astronomical research from planetary science to cosmology. It has captured nebulae of different shapes and astonished scientists with galaxies' images thousands of light years away.
The newly released Hubble images were captured over 14 years and show never-before-seen details in the jets' structure, according to scientists.
Latest Hubble pictures here show the jets and the stellar birth process: