First Posted: Feb 05, 2013 01:30 PM EST
Another magnificent image made by the Hubble space telescope shows a small segment of the vast stellar nursery in Orion with its beautiful clouds. It is filled with a myriad of fluid shapes associated with star formation, formed by the radiation and winds emitted by stars in various directions and intensities.
(Photo : NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team)
One of those stars interacting with the Orion Nebula flow is LL Orionis, which is still in its infant, formative years and is emitting a stronger wind than our own sun. The fast stellar wind running into slow moving gas causes the interesting phenomenon of a shock front looking like the bow wave of a ship, which can be seen just above the center of the picture, as a slightly glowing, arcing structure. The cosmic bow shock wave, which measures about half a light-year across, is formed like a bowl or shield in front of the young star, turned towards the hot central star cluster of the Orion Nebula.
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This is because the slower gas is flowing away from the central constellation, known as the Trapezium, located off the upper left corner of the picture.
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