NASA Celebrates Hubble's 28th Anniversary with Gorgeous New Lagoon Nebula Images

Hubble Space Telescope celebrates its 28th Anniversary with a trip to stunning Lagoon Nebula

In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into space documenting outer space. (Each light year is roughly 6 trillion miles.) In a newly released set of images, the Hubble Space Telescope foregrounds the billowing drama. In the centre is seen a young star that is 200 thousand times brighter than the Sun. ESA's Hubble site said the image that was taken by Hubble as "This colorful cloud of glowing interstellar gas is just a tiny part of the Lagoon Nebula, a vast stellar nursery". And in case you were wondering why we call it the Lagoon Nebula, this image from 2015 shows why: it does look a little something like a celestial body of water surrounded by a cloudy "sandbank". These Hubble images, however, depict a scene at the very heart of the nebula.

It's 4,000 light-years away from Earth, yet it is three times larger in the sky than the full moon.

The images illustrate the fascinating fury of star formation.

The Hubble view shows off the bubble's 3D structure.

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.

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Amazingly, these clouds will eventually become so heavy that they'll collapse under their own weight and give birth to an entirely new generation of stars.

What's your all-time favorite Hubble image? It's made more than 1 million observations in its almost three decades of service, and its data has been used in more than 15,000 scientific papers.

Here's to another 28 years among the stars, Hubble!

'The Hubble Space Telescope has made some of the most dramatic discoveries in the history of astronomy, ' a statement on the Telescope says.

The Lagoon Nebula resides in the Sagittarius constellation and is truly a colossal object, as it's 55 light-years wide and 20 light-years tall. The new telescope will be going to space in 2020. In comparison, our smaller Sun is 5 billion years old and will live another 5 billion years. Jim Jeletic, the Hubble deputy project manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said, "From a science perspective, Hubble has changed our fundamental understanding of the universe".

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