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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.

"Molecules excited by  turbulent conditions, such as hydrogen molecules, carbon monoxide, and silicon monoxide, emit infrared light, which Webb can collect to map  the structure of the spill." This isn't the first time scientists have used images from Herbighalo 211, however, infrared technology resulted in much sharper images than the previous one, with spatial resolution about 5-10 times higher. In the image you can see a series of bow shock absorbers and the narrow bipolar jets powering them at the bottom left and top right of the image. Astronomers have previously detected these impacts using ground-based telescopes, but the new observations show that the object's outflow compares to more advanced protostars with similar  outflows. Once again, the images obtained by  JWST prove to be very insightful and stunningly beautiful. When exploring distant celestial bodies, astronomers seek to learn not only about the mysteries hidden deep within the  universe, but also  about the pasts of  stars and planets we think we know.

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