Binary star XZ Tauri

These images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2reveal the evolution of bubbles of glowing gas being blown out from the young binary star system XZ Tauri. Gas from an unseen disk around one or both of the stars is channeled through magnetic fields surrounding the binary system and then is forced out into space at nearly 300, 000 miles per hour (540, 000 kilometers per hour). This outflow, which is only about 30 years old, extends nearly 60 billion miles (96 billion kilometers).


NASA, John Krist ( Space Telescope Science Institute), Karl Stapelfeldt (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Jeff Hester (Arizona State University), Chris Burrows (European Space Agency/ Space Telescope Science Institute).

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:21 September 2000, 07:00
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:XZ Tauri
Type:Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable
Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Binary
Distance:140 light years

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