Jet from Young Star (HH-30)

This view of a protostellar object called HH-30 reveals an edge-on disk of dust encircling a newly forming star. Light from the forming star illuminates the top and bottom surfaces of the disk, making them visible, while the star itself is hidden behind the densest parts of the disk. The reddish jet emanates from the inner region of the disk, and possibly directly from the star itself.

Hubble's detailed view shows, for the first time, that the jet expands for several billion miles from the star, but then stays confined to a narrow beam. The protostar is 450 light-years away in the constellation Taurus.


C. Burrows (STScI & ESA), the WFPC 2 Investigation Definition Team, and NASA

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:6 June 1995, 20:00
Size:512 x 512 px

About the Object

Name:HH 30
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Young Stellar Object
Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Jet
Distance:450 light years

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