Space & Astronomy
Hubble spots "space jellyfish"
By T.K. Randall
December 15, 2009 · 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.
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