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Stellar Jets in the Carina Nebula
Inside these dust clouds are stars that are slowly destroying them. The pillars of gas and dust measure over a light year in length. The stars, not itself visible through the opaque dust, are bursting out partly by ejecting jets—energetic beams of particles. Similar epic battles are being waged all over the star-forming Carina Nebula. The stars will win in the end, destroying their pillars of creation over the next 100,000 years, and resulting in a new open star clusters. The technical name for the stellar jets are Herbig-Haro objects. How a star creates a Herbig-Haro jets is an ongoing topic of research, but it likely involves an accretion disk swirling around a central star. A pair of jets is visible at the left, and another pair is at the right.
The above image is only a small part of a highly detailed panoramic mosaic of the Carina Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.