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Telescope captures dramatic moment of starbirth

Friday - 8/23/2013, 7:14pm  ET

This image made available by the European Southern Observatory on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 shows the Herbig-Haro object HH 46/47 as jets emerging from a star-forming dark cloud. Scientists say material is streaming from the baby star at incredible speed, glowing as it plows into the surrounding gas and dust. Astronomers say these illuminated jets are spewing out faster than ever measured before and are more energetic than previously thought. (AP Photo/ESO/Bo Reipurth)

MARCIA DUNN
AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- This is one baby picture you won't want to miss.

The ALMA (AL'-mah) telescope in Chile has captured a close-up of the glowing material spewing from a newborn star.

The stunning images show material streaming from the baby star at incredible speed, glowing as it plows into the surrounding gas and dust. Astronomers say these illuminated jets are spewing out faster than ever measured before and are more energetic than previously thought.

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

ALMA actually consists of an array of 66 antennas and is relatively new. It's located in one of the driest places on Earth, the Atacama desert.

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