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Hubble spots "space jellyfish"

By T.K. Randall
December 15, 2009 · Comment icon 15 comments

Image Credit: NASA/Hubble
New photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed extraordinary images of planetary systems being formed. One such image shows a "cosmic jellyfish", a protoplanetary disc hit by particles from a nearby star.
An odd array of 30 newly released images from the Hubble Space Telescope reveal planetary systems in the making. The blobs and smudges, as astronomers described them, sit in the widely photographed Orion Nebula. Each object is known as a proplyds, or protoplanetary discs, and could be forming planets as you read this.

Source: MSNBC | Comments (15)

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Comment icon #6 Posted by thefinalfrontier 15 years ago
Already posted B???
Comment icon #7 Posted by SameerPrehistorica 15 years ago
Ive always liked the Nebula pictures...
Comment icon #8 Posted by Oberon Delta 15 years ago
Already posted B??? That was disppointing!!! I thought for a minute they found something akin to a life form out in space.
Comment icon #9 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 15 years ago
Space is certainly like the stereotypical lady in the red dress. Captivating, yet mysterious.
Comment icon #10 Posted by DieChecker 15 years ago
I always find it amazing that Hubble can see these structures so far away, but can not see the Lander or Rover left behind on the Moon.
Comment icon #11 Posted by gozap 15 years ago
Interesting pictures as always but when will the next generation of space telescopes come and how many new things will these reveal ? O_o
Comment icon #12 Posted by TrueLiez 15 years ago
Intresting! but how many lightyears is it away from us? maybe the debris has already formed into planets. pls say if im wrong
Comment icon #13 Posted by The Silver Thong 15 years ago
I'm quit glad they kept it working. Awesome pics. Man we need to discover how to travel faster than light lol
Comment icon #14 Posted by brlesq1 15 years ago
Beautiful. Thanks, B???
Comment icon #15 Posted by thefinalfrontier 15 years ago
And even more stunning photos from Hubble, Incredible New Hubble Image is Full of Stars! A brand new Hubble image from Wide Field Camera 3 shows the most detailed view of the largest stellar nursery in our local galactic neighborhood. The massive, young stellar grouping, called R136, is only a few million years old and resides in the 30 Doradus Nebula, a turbulent star-birth region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. There is no known star-forming region in our galaxy as large or as prolific as 30 Doradus. Many of the diamond-like icy blue stars are among ... [More]

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