Spectacular Lagoon Nebula Glows in Hubble's 28th Birthday Photos

Spectacular Lagoon Nebula Glows in Hubble's 28th Birthday Photos

Caption, from NASA/ESA reads: "To celebrate its 28th anniversary in space the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope took this wonderful and colourful image of the Lagoon Nebula". Two awe-inspiring new images of the Lagoon Nebula will be revealed on Hubble's 28th anniversary - a testament to the telescope's longevity and continuous innovation.

CNET reported that since the Hubble Space Telescope launched on April 24, 1990, the telescope has made over 1.5 million observations and captured images of more than 43,500 celestial objects. "Making infrared observations of the cosmos allows astronomers to penetrate vast clouds of gas and dust to uncover hidden gems".

The inspiration for Lagoon Nebula's name may not be immediately obvious in the images. Even though it is about 4000 light-years away from Earth, it is three times larger in the sky than the full Moon.

The giant star, called Herschel 36, is bursting out of its natal cocoon of material, unleashing blistering radiation and torrential stellar winds (streams of subatomic particles) that push dust away in curtain-like sheets.

The second image Hubble sent back was taken with the telescope's infrared capabilities. In the centre is seen a young star that is 200 thousand times brighter than the Sun.

NASA also released a mesmerizing fly-through video that takes you on a tour of the colorful nebula, which resides in the Sagittarius constellation.


These features are quite similar to their namesakes on Earth - they are thought to be wrapped into their funnel-like shapes by temperature differences between the hot surfaces and cold interiors of the clouds. It has provided information about dark energy, looked at many distant galaxies and its stars and also helped in the discovery of many planets.

What's your all-time favorite Hubble image? The nebula, about 4,000 light-years away, is 55 light-years wide and 20 light-years tall.

The Hubble is a space-based and long-term observatory.

What's even more exciting though is that NASA says these images give us "a sneak peek at the dramatic vistas NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will provide" when it launches in 2020. NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) is going to celebrate the anniversary of Hubble Telescope by taking the stargazers on a visual exploratory treat to the Lagoon Nebula.

For its part, the aging telescope has undergone 5 repairs and upgrades in space, the last in 2009.

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