One Of The Most Stunning Space Images Ever Captured

One of the most stunning space images ever captured

This is one of the most dramatic, unique and beautiful astronomy images ever captured by the Hubble Space Telescope: The protostar Herbig-Haro 24, located in the L1630 cloud within the Orion B group, 1500 light years from Earth. That beam is made by particle jets emanating from the primitive star:

Frequently when a star forms, a disk of dust and gas circles the YSO causing a powerful central jets to appear. In this case, the energetic jets are creating, at each end, Herbig-Haro object 24 (HH 24), as they slam into the surrounding interstellar gas. [...] Due to their rarity, jets like that forming HH 24 are estimated to last only a few thousand years.

Spanning for trillions of miles, it reminds me a bit of a very angry Dark Phoenix about to devour a star. Or a knight slaying a dragon.

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