ESOcast 193 Light: Bubbles of Brand New Stars

This dazzling region of newly-forming stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) was captured by the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope. The relatively small amount of dust in the LMC and MUSE’s acute vision allowed intricate details of the region to be picked out in visible light.

Deep within the glowing cloud of the HII region LHA 120-N 180B, MUSE spotted a jet emitted by a fledgling star — a massive young stellar object. This is the first time such a jet has been observed in visible light outside the Milky Way. Usually, such jets are obscured by their dusty surroundings, meaning they can only be detected at infrared or radio wavelengths by telescopes such as ALMA. However, the relatively dust-free environment of the LMC allowed this jet — named Herbig–Haro 1177, or HH 1177 for short — to be observed at visible wavelengths. At nearly 33 light-years in length, it is one of the longest such jets ever observed.

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The ESOcast Light is a series of short videos bringing you the wonders of the Universe in bite-sized pieces. The ESOcast Light episodes will not be replacing the standard, longer ESOcasts, but complement them with current astronomy news and images in ESO press releases.

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Directed by: Nico Bartmann.
Editing: Nico Bartmann.
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Laura Hiscott and Calum Turner.
Music: Tim Turusov — Final Light (www.turusov.com).
Footage and photos: ESO, J. Colosimo, Digitized Sky Survey 2, N. Risinger (skysurvey.org), A McLeod et al.
Scientific consultant: Paola Amico and Mariya Lyubenova.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

About the Video

Id:eso1903a
Release date:6 February 2019, 17:00
Related releases:eso1903
Duration:01 m 29 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:LHA 120-N 180B
Type:Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Category:ESOcast

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