Saturday, October 5, 2013

Hubble Telescope Captures Space "Caterpillar"

Hubble telescope spots 'cosmic caterpillar' that's six TRILLION miles long, formed  by harsh winds from some of our hottest stars
The protostar is located 4,500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus
It is currently collecting material from an envelope of gas surrounding it
The gas, however, is also being eroded by surrounding stellar radiation
PUBLISHED: 05:22 EST, 30 August 2013 | UPDATED: 05:33 EST, 30 August 2013

Published on Aug 29, 2013
Zooming Into A Protostar.
This video begins with a view of the stars in the constellation Cygnus. We zoom into the Cygnus OB2 association region, and then into a Hubble view of protostar IRAS 20234+4057. This light-year-long knot of interstellar gas and dust resembles a caterpillar on its way to a feast.

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

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