NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured a rare image of the birth of a newborn star. The captured image reveals jets of star matter blasting from the poles of a very young star and zipping through space at supersonic speeds, according to a Space.com report.
The high-resolution, near-infrared look into the jets, called the Herbig-Haro (HH) 211, shows exquisite detail of the outflow of a young star, an infantile analogue of our Sun, NASA said.
Sharing the details about the captured image, NASA tweeted, “What might a baby picture of our Sun look like? Seen in this Webb image is a newborn star with supersonic jets of gas spewing from its poles. It’s only a few tens of thousands of years old here, but when it grows up, it’ll be much like our Sun.”
What might a baby picture of our Sun look like? 👶
Seen in this Webb image is a newborn star with supersonic jets of gas spewing from its poles. It’s only a few tens of thousands of years old here, but when it grows up, it’ll be much like our Sun: https://t.co/vOato50SeZ pic.twitter.com/UhTX3jLnIr
— NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb) September 14, 2023
NASA mentioned that the Herbig-Haro objects spotted in the image are the bright regions surrounding the newborn stars which are formed due to the stellar winds or because of the jet gas coming out of the newborn star. It happens because the newborn stars strike with the other present gas or dust at a higher speed.
According to NASA’s report, the image of HH 211 shared by the James Webb telescope clearly elaborates an outflow from a protostar which is an infantile analogue of the Sun when it was no more than a few tens of thousands of years old and with a mass only 8 percent of the present-day Sun, NASA said.