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The European Southern Observatory recently released some of the most stunning images of a newborn star ever. With the help of the ESO's Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, the observations found material being ejected from the star was moving much quicker than previously measured.

Pictured above is a view of the southern Milky Way. In the constellation of Vela (The Sails) there lies a rich region of dark clouds and young stars, including Herbig-Haro object HH 46/47.

Caption by / Photo by ESO / Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET
This image of Herbig-Haro object HH 46/47 combines radio observations acquired with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) with much shorter wavelength visible light observations from ESO’s New Technology Telescope (NTT). Keep browsing the gallery to see what each image looks like by itself.
Caption by / Photo by ESO/ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/H. Arce. Acknowledgements: Bo Reipurth
ALMA captured this close-up view of material jetting away from a newborn star. The different colors represent movement in different directions. The blue parts on the left are moving toward Earth, while the larger jet on the right is moving away from us.
Caption by / Photo by ESO/ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/H. Arce
ESO's New Technology Telescope shows the visible light emitting from Herbig-Haro object HH 46/47 as jets emerging from a star-forming dark cloud.
Caption by / Photo by ESO/Bo Reipurth
In this wide-field view, a rich region of dust clouds and star formation in the southern constellation of Vela is visible. The jets of the Herbig-Haro object HH 46/47 are visible emerging from a dark cloud where infant stars are being born.
Caption by / Photo by ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin
A chart of the southern constellation of Vela (The Sails). The area of the Herbig-Haro object HH 46/47 is indicated with a red circle, but you're not likely to be able to see it with a consumer telescope without superpowers. The star is 1,400 light-years away.
Caption by / Photo by ESO, IAU and Sky & Telescope
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