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Fantastic Hubble Image of a Star Birth


Image credit: ESA/ Hubble & NASA.

A really amazing Hubble Space Telescope image has been recently made to public by NASA. This image presents a vivid description of the birth of a star within the Circinus Molecular Cloud Complex, about 2,280 light-years away from our planet.

Named as IRAS 14568-6304, the star can be observed under a stunning cover of golden gas and dust. Below the star is a tail-like protostellar jet which is some dust and gas leftover after the formation of the star that has been thrown into space at supersonic speeds.

Stars take shape within clouds of dust and gas that have broken down under their own gravity. During this period of time, a hot and dense core forms a protostar, thus finally giving birth to the star. Such core is capable of collecting gas and dust from the cloud. Most of gas and dust collected will be used to form the star, but some of them might move on to give rise to planets or asteroids.

From the present image, IRAS 14568-6304 is seen within a swirl of darkness, which is the Circinus Molecular Cloud, a region full of dust, gas and young stars with a mass almost 250,000 greater than the Sun.

Source: Hubble