The image of a newborn star

The James Webb Space Telescope did it again. What surprising scene did you capture this time? The image of a newborn star. Towards the center of this object, called HH212, a star is being born that is probably no more than 50,000 years old. The scene would have been very similar when our Sun was of a similar age.
You can see the reddish-pink jets shooting in opposite polar directions. HH212 is located in Orion. Very close to the three bright stars that form the “belt” of the mythical hunter. The distance from Earth is about 1,300 light years.

The image of a newborn star was captured by James Webb.

rapid changes

Astronomers have been studying the object for 30 years. They take pictures from time to time to see how it has changed. Elements in the jet structures change over time. The speed at which they move was calculated: 100 kilometers per second or more.
The initials of the name have a reason. They represent Herbig-Haro, in honor of George Herbig and Guillermo Haro. They carried out pioneering work on this type of objects in the 40s and 50s. Without a doubt both would be surprised by the capabilities of the James Webb. It’s not just the sharpness of the image that he can achieve with his 6.5m primary mirror. It is also the breadth of color that its instruments can now detect that makes the telescope so special.

This adds to the telescope's other fantastic views.
This adds to the telescope’s other fantastic views.

Powerful telescope

“For the first time, we now have a good color image of this particular object. We can observe it at other wavelengths that simply cannot be seen from ground-based telescopes. And that will help us understand what is really happening in the jets,” Professor McCaughrean said.
It was expected that the James Webb would be transformative in many fields of astronomy. The study of Herbig-Haro objects has definitely benefited. Contemplating the image of a newborn star is one of the enormous benefits that the telescope offers.

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