Hubble Space Telescope catches stunning image of a star being born

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Emerging star that is burning its way through a massive dust cloud in space

The universe has a new celestial kid on the block.

Dubbed IRAS 14568-6403, the new star was seen burning its way through a massive cloud of dust and gas, known as the Circinus molecular cloud complex. The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning image of a new star being born.

Circinus, which appears as an area of area of dark sky surrounding the star, is 2,280 light-years away, and stretches across 180 light-years of space.

It contains enough gas to make 250,000 stars like the Sun, according to the European Space Agency .

IRAS 14568-6403 is ejecting gas at supersonic speeds, which appears here as the “tail” below the star.

It will eventually clear a hole in the cloud, allowing it to be easily visible to the outside Universe.

Hubble Space Telescope drifts through space
Hubble Space Telescope drifts through space

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It is just one member of a “nest” of young stellar objects in this part of Circinus, each of which is producing jets of gas.

Put together, they make up one of the brightest, most massive and most energetic outflows that astronomers have yet observed.

The Hubble Telescope is set to be retired by NASA after in the next few years, after more than a quarter of a century photographing the stars and galaxies .

The telescope will be kept running until 2020, at which point it will be replaced by the $8.8 billion successor, the James Webb Space Telescope.

Since being launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has captured some amazing pictures of the cosmos. We’ve collected some of our favourites in the gallery below.

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