View Full Version : Discussion: Staring into a Cosmic Jet

2005-Jun-15, 05:35 PM
SUMMARY: Jets of material seem common in the Universe; blasting away from black holes, neutron stars, the hearts of galaxies, and even newborn stars. Unfortunately, the source of these jets are usually obscured by thick dust. Astronomers using the submillimeter array have been able to peer through this dust and see right down the throat of a nearby jet in a young star system called Herbig-Haro 211. It will eventually become a low mass star similar to our Sun, and help explain the stages stars go through in early life.

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2005-Jun-15, 06:29 PM
The SMA is a great tool, and ALMA will be even better.
What we know about the formation of stars and Solar Systems is increasing all the time, thanks to instruments like this.

2005-Jun-15, 08:12 PM
I suppose "jets" would be a better choice of words. Normally, if we had something that was getting pressed all around and material from its insides was ejected we'd say it squirted. It seems appropriate, in a fashion, that a 'baby star' would squirt, wouldn't you say? :lol:

2005-Jun-15, 08:22 PM
I agree a baby star would be a "Little Squirt' :P