In a breathtaking discovery, the Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning image of the region G35.2-0.7N, known for its high-mass star formation. The stars forming in this area are so massive that they are destined to become destructive supernovae.
What makes this finding even more remarkable is the recent identification of a B-type star, the second most massive type, in the region. This star has been observed launching a powerful protostellar jet towards Earth, adding an extra level of fascination to this already mesmerizing image.
Using the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), the Hubble captured the image of G35.2-0.7N, which is situated approximately 7200 light-years away in the constellation Aquila. The primary objective of the data collection for this image was for research purposes, especially measuring the extent of ionization within the protostellar jets.
Protostellar jets are beams of matter ejected from protostars, extending out in relatively straight lines. The visual result is a dazzling display, with much of the nebula being shrouded in darkness due to dust clouds. However, the centerpiece of the image showcases the star and the jet of material it is emitting. A bright orange streak represents a cavity within the dust, carved out by the sheer ferocity of the jet.
The light emitted by the protostar is “reddened” to a fiery orange hue due to the presence of dust. For astronomers and space enthusiasts alike, this magnificent image serves as a window into the incredible power and complexity of the universe.
If you look closely, at the very lower-left tip of the cavity, you will find the massive protostar responsible for this extraordinary display. Its size and intensity add to the awe-inspiring nature of this newfound marvel.
As we continue to explore the vastness of space, discoveries like these remind us of the immense beauty and grandeur that exist beyond our planet. The Hubble Space Telescope’s constant revelations push the boundaries of our knowledge and ignite our curiosity about the mysteries that lie beyond.