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The Hubble Space Telescope images the star after it is born

The Hubble Space Telescope images the star after it is born

An image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a structure made up of three stars. What's special: One of the orbs was born “recently.”

The Hubble Space Telescope has been providing countless images from space for 34 years. After the launch of its more technically advanced big brother, the James Webb Space Telescope, two years ago, Hubble became less fortunate in the public eye. However, the telescope still sends amazing images back to Earth.

Like the image now published by NASA and the European Space Agency of a reflection nebula surrounding three stars in the shape of an arc. Reflection nebulae are so called because they reflect starlight and do not glow on their own.

The three stars are “HP Tau G2”, “HP Tau G3” and “HP Tau”. The latter is about 550 million light-years away from Earth, and is very young, less than 10 million years old. For comparison: Our Sun is about 4.6 billion years old.

“HP Tau” is the star of T Tauri

“HP Tau” is also called the T Tauri star by astronomers. These are stars so young that they have not yet begun nuclear fusion like our Sun. Because of fluctuations in the composition of the surrounding dust and gas clouds, the brightness of T Tauri stars is constantly changing, as if by chance.

The T Tauri star also experiences periodic – i.e. frequent – ​​fluctuations in brightness. According to NASA and the European Space Agency, this may be due to massive sunspots on HP Tau's surface that move in and out of the field of view.

Just a few weeks ago, the European Space Agency published images of a giant storm on Jupiter captured by Hubble at the beginning of the year. In addition to these images, Hubble also captured Io, one of Galileo's moons orbiting the giant planet.