Image of the Day August 21
A Star Is Born (And Caught On Camera)

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Now that's a baby pic: the ALMA Observatory in Chile, a joint project between North America, Asia and Europe, captured this close-up image of glowing material streaming from a newborn star.

According to astronomers, the material is moving at incredible speed - about 144,000 kilometres per hour.

The glowing mass is called a Herbig-Haro object, named for U.S. and Mexican astronomers. This one is located in the Vela constellation, about 1,400 light years from Earth.

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) released this video featuring an animated journey toward the phenomenon of the star being born:

Check out the full image captured by the ALMA telescope below:

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Via The Edmonton Journal

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