Powerful Particle Beam Jet forms HH 24

The above imressive image of Herbig-Haro object 24 (HH 24) taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in infrared light in order to better understand turbulent star forming regions known as Young Stellar Objects (YSOs).

Image © Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA – Processing: Judy Schmidt



The powerful jet likely contains electrons and protons moving hundreds of kilometers per second.  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. The entire star forming region lies about 1,500 light years distant in the Orion B molecular cloud complex. Due to their rarity, jets like that forming HH 24 are estimated to last only a few thousand years.

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