Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Bally (University of Colorado at Boulder), and DSS; Processing: Gladys Kober (NASA/Catholic University of America)
A jet from a newly formed star flares into the shining depths of reflection nebula NGC 1977 in this Hubble image.
The jet (the orange object at the bottom center of the image) is being emitted by the young star Parengo 2042, which is embedded in a disk of debris that could give rise to planets.
The star powers a pulsing jet of plasma that stretches over two light-years through space, bending to the north in this image.
The gas of the jet has been ionized until it glows by the radiation of a nearby star, 42 Orionis.