New Delhi: In a Hubble Space Telescope image released this week by NASA, an infant star shines within a cloud of golden gas and dust. IRAS 14568-6304, located about 2,500 light-years away, can be seen within the Circinus molecular cloud complex, one of the most prominent star-forming regions.
The young star is a particularly spectacular sight since it has a protostellar jet. This tail-like formation beneath the star is composed of remnants of gas and dust from the parent cloud that gave birth to the star.
This time, however, we aren’t talking about the birth of a human being. We’re talking about something out of this world – literally.
Enveloped in a golden haze of light, the star is shown ejecting a gas-like substance which will eventually burn through the cloud of dust and gas, unveiling the star to shine in all its glory.
The baby star, however, hasn’t been given a name as of now.
NASA’s space telescope Hubble was launched into space in 1990 and from 1990 up till now, Hubble, with its 2.4-meter (7.9 ft) mirror, near ultraviolet, visible and near infrared spectra, has beamed back extremely high-resolution images with negligible background light.