Universe  ID: 13638

Hubble Spots Giant Flapping Shadow

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"!

For more information about the Hubble Space Telescope and its images, visit https://nasa.gov/hubble.

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



Paul R. Morris (USRA): Lead Producer
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET): Technical Support
Greg Bacon (STScI): Visualizer
Andi James (STScI): Visualizer
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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