2017 December 6
HH 666: Carina Dust Pillar with Jet
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To some, it may
look like a
beehive harboring an
In reality, the featured
Hubble image captures a cosmic pillar of dust,
two-light years long,
inside of which is
Herbig-Haro 666 -- a young star emitting powerful jets.
The structure lies within one of our galaxy's largest star forming regions, the
Carina Nebula, shining in southern skies at a distance of about 7,500 light-years.
The pillar's layered outline are shaped by the
winds and radiation of Carina's young, hot, massive stars, some of which are still forming inside the nebula.
A dust-penetrating view in
shows the two, narrow,
energetic jets blasting outward from a still hidden infant star.