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Jumbo Jets

Jumbo Jets

Edited European Southern Observatory image of a small view of the proceeding images of the star formation region LHA 120-N 180B showing large jets of matter from a young star. (The title from ESO is perfect so I didn't make any changes.)

Deep within the glowing cloud of the HII region LHA 120-N 180B, MUSE has spotted a jet emitted by a fledgling star — a massive young stellar object. This is the first time such a jet has been observed in visible light outside the Milky Way. Usually, such jets are obscured by their dusty surroundings, meaning they can only be detected at infrared or radio wavelengths by telescopes such as ALMA. However, the relatively dust-free environment of the LMC allowed this jet — named Herbig–Haro 1177, or HH 1177 for short — to be observed at visible wavelengths. At nearly 33 light-years in length, it is one of the longest such jets ever observed. The blue and red regions in this image show the jet, which was detected as blue- and red-shifted emission peaks of the Hα line.

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Photo taken on 10 February 2019 (© sjrankin / Flickr)

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 lha 120-n 180b, 10 february 2019, edited, eso, european southern observatory, nebula, stars, star formation, large magellanic cloud, galaxy

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