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Drama of Starbirth | Space Wallpaper

Newborn Star HH 46/47
This space wallpaper of Herbig-Haro object HH 46/47 combines radio observations acquired with ALMA with much shorter wavelength visible light observations from ESO’s New Technology Telescope. (Image credit: ESO/ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/H. Arce. Acknowledgements: Bo Reipurth)

This unprecedented space wallpaper of Herbig-Haro object HH 46/47 combines radio observations acquired with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) with much shorter wavelength visible light observations from ESO’s New Technology Telescope (NTT). The ALMA observations (orange and green, lower right) of the newborn star reveal a large energetic jet moving away from us, which in the visible is hidden by dust and gas. To the left (in pink and purple) the visible part of the jet is seen, streaming partly towards us. This image was released Aug. 20, 2013.

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