Star Shoots Jets That Form Star Wars Lightsaber Sword In Cosmic Space

Posted: Dec 18 2015, 4:51am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Star Shoots Jets That Form Star Wars Lightsaber Sword in Cosmic Space
Photo credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Padgett (GSFC), T. Megeath (University of Toledo), and B. Reipurth (University of Hawaii)

Even deep space celebrates the new Star Wars movie.

NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of a star shooting out jets of material into space, and the formation created by the twin jets is reminiscent of the lightsaber sword used by the Jedi in the film “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” which is just released to the public.

The force of the jets shows how fearsome the forces operating in the Universe could be; and funny enough, the event occurred within our Milky Way and not some unknown galaxy far away from us. The event occurred in the Orion B molecular cloud complex, 1350 light-years away in the constellation of Orion.

The spectacular image of a lightsaber used in the Star Wars Episode One as depicted in the galaxy was made possible because a star released torrents of jet material which spewed from it as it moved, and the surrounding cloud of dust and gas gave it a perfect shape to create a lightsaber.

At times when stars develop within clouds of gas, the materials surrounding them often disintegrate to form flat discs of rotating material revolving round the new stars – these newly formed stars are called protostars.

The resulting disc potentially forms a planetary system. Since the newly-created star needs to consume a lot of gas from the surrounding disc to grow, it soon awakens and jets of material gas emanating from it moves into opposite directions.

When the jets of gas stream out from the protostar, it heats the surrounding gas and dust and creates shock waves in cleared spaces. These shockwaves leads to clumps of nebulosity which are observed in some galaxies.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
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