Shocking Sight! Collisions traced in ‘Running Man’ nebula by Hubble telescope
The Shocking Sight for Hubble Space Telescope
Any parent of a newborn knows how significant even the tiniest details can be.
Baby stars in a part of a nebula, or gas cloud, cause a succession of tremendous shockwaves evident in a new Hubble Space Telescope photograph, and the same is true in space.
Hubble was searching for evidence on how the young stars impact the places around them, and this Herbig-Haro (HH) 45 image offers plenty information. This object is embedded in a nebula called NGC 1977, to go all “Inception” on you. It’s one of three nebulas in the “Running Man” collection. As one can see, the stars are growing up in a fairly complicated company.
According to NASA, what we see in HH45 is an unusual expression of a nebula that occurs when a newborn star spews hot gas. In a statement, agency staff said that this activity “collides with the gas and dust around it at hundreds of miles per second, causing dazzling shock waves.”
The picture is seen by Hubble
The Hubble image shows two sets of ionized gases glowing as charged electrons are stripped from their atoms by the collision. Ionized oxygen is shown in blue, and ionized magnesium is shown in purple. “These elements piqued researchers’ interest because they can be utilized to detect shocks and ionization fronts,” NASA explained.
Hubble is resuming operations following a synchronization problem on Oct. 23 that forced its science instruments into safe mode. However, while Hubble’s equipment is being repaired, there is plenty of work to be done from past probes.
Due to inaccessibility with contemporary spacecraft, the 31-year-old observatory was last serviced in person in 2009 and has not been visited by astronauts since the space shuttle departed in 2011.