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Located approximately 1.500 light-years from Earth, Hubble spots a celestial firework scene, just in time for the arrival of spring. Here, you can see the geysers of hot gas emanating from the stellar nursery embedded in the nebula. The jets of Herbig-Haro 110, as its called, shoot out in the opposite direction of the newborn star, though astronomers have not pinned down the exact source of the star that is culpable. A new theory suggests that the visible plumes may be created by an entirely different plume (located close-by) known as Herbig-Haro 270, after the jet bounces from a dense cloud of dust, before careening around at a 60 degree angle.


The plumes, which stretch more than a half light year in length, will probably only last for about 100,000 years before dissipating. Furthermore, as another interesting note, the columns that look like white smoke are actually billions of times less dense than the smoke emitted from fireworks....Space is cool.

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