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Release No.: 2006-06
For Release: Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 4:20am

Cosmic Jet Looks Like Giant Tornado in Space

cosmic tornado

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed an object that looks like a giant tornado in space. The helical structure actually results from shock waves where a powerful protostellar jet hits neighboring gas and dust.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / J. Bally (University of Colorado)