A telescope has captured the birth of a star located 1,300 light-years away from Earth.

Although telescopes have a long history, recent advancements in specialized equipment have led to remarkable discoveries. A striking image captured by the James Webb Space Telescope has provided fresh insights into the birth of stars visible in the night sky.
The released photograph showcases protostar HH 212, situated approximately 1,300 light-years away from Earth.
The recently discovered star is believed to be no older than 50,000 years, as reported by the BBC. Astronomers first identified HH 212 near the Belt of Orion in 1993.

Over the past three decades, experts have captured numerous images in an attempt to understand the gradual formation of this nascent star. The most recent image has unveiled intriguing details about the star's development, revealing symmetrical pink plumes of gas emissions emanating from both sides of the protostar.

Mark McCaughrean, a senior advisor at the European Space Agency, pointed out that this marks the first time scientists have obtained a high-quality, color image of the protostar—an achievement not possible with ground telescopes until now.

According to McCaughrean, the observed gas outflows within the protostar are crucial for regulating its birth process. He explained to the BBC, "As the central mass of gas condenses, it begins to rotate. However, if it spins too rapidly, it risks falling apart. Therefore, a mechanism is necessary to dissipate the excess angular momentum."
"We believe the observed phenomenon is caused by jets and outflows. As the material condenses, magnetic fields are drawn together, capturing some of the material from the disk. This material is then expelled through the poles, creating these bi-polar structures."

According to the BBC report, the image captured by the telescope is reminiscent of the stage our sun went through during its development.

The discovery made by the James Webb Space Telescope marks a significant moment in history. Nicola Fox, the associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, had previously remarked, "Webb has provided us with a deeper understanding of galaxies, stars, and the atmospheres of planets beyond our solar system than ever before. This breakthrough sets the stage for NASA to lead the world in a new era of scientific exploration and the search for habitable worlds."

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