Hearing the ‘Space War’ one might have remembered the competition between two space technology companies or countries, but a picture of the Hubble Space Telescope has given it a different meaning. Actually, in this picture a huge ‘sword’ has been seen in space. It’s as if it’s ripping off the chest of space.
This sight is actually made up of jets of hot and ionized gases emanating from the different poles of a new star. It has been shown to tear apart the dust and gas already present in the star. This is called the Herbig-Haro object. In particular, this picture has been named HH111 and it is in the Orion constellation 1,300 light-years away from Earth.
Hubble is special
Hubble took this picture using its Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) instrument, which can see light in optical and infrared wavelengths. European Space Agency officials wrote about the picture that these objects release a lot of light at optical wavelengths, but the dust and gas around them absorb visible light.
That’s why they are difficult to see, but WFC3 does see infrared wavelengths that are not affected by the surroundings.
How are stars formed?
In May of this year, for the first time in a computational framework named STARFORGE, a high-resolution and colored gas plume was observed, which appears to be 100 times more massive than before. This includes the formation and evolution of stars as well as jets, radiation, wind and surrounding soparnova activity. Researchers want to understand why star formation is slow, what makes up a star’s mass, and why stars form in clusters.
Sword seen in space (ESA/Hubble & NASA, B. Nisini)