Pictures of young star show unusual outbursts

Ejections from stellar newborn move faster, differently than astronomers thought

By Ashley Yeager, 14:09 PM September 20, 2013

New images of a young star suggest that its ejections move much faster and have more energy than previously thought.

As a young star bursts to life, it throws off material at speeds up to 1 million kilometers per hour. When the material collides with the surrounding cloud of gas and dust, the space region glows, creating what’s called a Herbig-Haro object.

Images of the glowing cloud Herbig-Haro 46/47 (pictured), which sits about 1,400 light-years away in the southern constellation Vela, reveal...

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