Herbig–Haro objects are bright nebular patches formed when narrow jets
of partially ionized gas ejected from newborn stars collide with clouds
of gas and dust. Often aligned with a star's rotational axis, they are
commonly found in star-forming regions. Most of them lie within a few
light-years of the source. They are transient phenomena, lasting around
a few tens of thousands of years. They can change visibly over just a
few years, as they move rapidly away from their parent star. First
observed in the late 19th century by Sherburne Wesley Burnham,
Herbig–Haro objects were not recognized as distinct from other
emission nebulas until the 1940s. The first astronomers to study them in
detail were George Herbig and Guillermo Haro, who independently
recognized that the objects were by-products of the star formation
process. Although the objects emit visible wavelengths, many are hidden
by dust and gas, and can only be seen at infrared wavelengths.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbig%E2%80%93Haro_object>
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