The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has allowed astronomers to marvel at objects in distant galaxies. But in the future, it will also help us better understand the celestial bodies near us. NASA recently released images of Herbig Halo 211. This object resembles the Sun when it was still a baby star.
"Herbig halo (HH) objects are formed when stellar winds and gas flows from a newborn star form shock waves that collide with nearby gas and dust at high speeds. bright areas around it," NASA explains. "Images of HH 211 from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope show an outflow from a class 0 protostar, an infant analogue of our Sun whose protostar is still It was only tens of thousands of years old and had only 8% of the mass of today's Sun (which would eventually grow into a Sun-like star). Located a 1,000 light years away in her constellation of Perseus, Herbig Haro 211 is much younger than our Sun, which is about 4.6 billion years old. To capture this stunning image, scientists used the Webb Telescope's Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam). According to NASA, infrared images are a powerful source of information for studying born stars and their outflow. That's because stars are always still buried in the gas of the molecular cloud in which they formed. "Infrared radiation from star outflows penetrates hidden gas and dust, making Herbig halo objects like HH 211 ideal for observation with Webb's sensitive infrared instruments." they explained.