Hubble Spots Giant Flapping Shadow

  • Released Thursday, June 25, 2020

In 2017, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of a huge wing-shaped shadow cast by a fledgling star’s unseen, planet-forming disk. The young star, called HBC 672, is casting the shadow across a more distant cloud in a star-forming region—like a fly wandering into the beam of a flashlight shining on a wall.

Now, after observing the shadow again, astronomers report that they see the giant shadow flapping its "wings"!

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“Floating Freefall” by Jason Steele [ ASCAP ]. Soundcast Music [ SESAC ] and Universal Production Music.

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This page was originally published on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:44 PM EDT.


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