HH 901: Pillars in the Carina Nebula

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Duration: 36 seconds

Herbig Haro 901 is an immense pillar of gas and dust inside the Carina Nebula, a huge star-forming region in our galaxy. The pillar is several light-years tall and contains a few massive young stars. They shoot out powerful jets that emerge from the cloud. In some cases, the jets create bow-shock patterns similar to the effects of a ship plowing through the ocean. In the visible-light (Hubble) view, very few stars can be seen because the gas and dust block starlight. But in the infrared (Hubble) view, stars become visible and numerous. The visible-light colors emerge from the glow of different gases: oxygen (blue), hydrogen/nitrogen (green), and sulfur (red). The Carina Nebula is approximately 7,500 light years from Earth.


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4K-UHD Video, Emission Nebulae, Hubble Telescope, Nebulae, Observations, Stars, Stellar Jets

Credits

Video: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

Images: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

Publication: April 11, 2018