Hubble Sees A Cosmic "Lightsaber" Live Shots

  • Released Thursday, December 17, 2015

Far, far away in our own galaxy, cosmic forces are awakening in a newborn star seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. On Friday, Dec. 18th, scientists will show you a new image of a newborn star right here in our Milky Way galaxy, shooting jets into space that resemble a cosmic “lightsaber.”

Since Hubble’s launch in 1990, Hubble has given humankind an unobstructed view of the universe that has rewritten the textbooks and profoundly transformed our understanding of the cosmos and our place among the stars. Hubble has given us a closer look at galaxies far, far away, and the planets and moons right here in our solar system. This is helping NASA in its quest to understand the solar system and beyond. Hubble continues to generate powerful images that show us the real ‘star wars,’ turning science fiction into science fact.

Hubble Sees the Force Awakening in a Newborn Star.

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