Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Lagoon Nebula Zoom and Flythrough - The Hubble Space Telescope 28th anniversary

Lagoon Nebula Zoom and Flythrough - The Hubble Space Telescope 28th anniversary

NASA/ESA caption: To celebrate its 28th anniversary in space the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope took this fantastic and colourful image of the Lagoon Nebula.

Hubble observed the Lagoon Nebula not only in visible light but also at infrared wavelengths. In the centre is seen a young star that is 200 thousand times brighter than the Sun.

NASA marked the 28th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope with a gorgeous image of an active "stellar nursery", Lagoon Nebula.

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

The bright star embedded in dark clouds at the center of the images is Herschel 36. "Since it is relatively huge on the night sky, Hubble is only able to capture a small fraction of the total nebula". These new images are only about 4 light-years across, but they show stunning details.

The image shows a region of the nebula measuring about 4 light-years across. It reveals the "fantasy landscape of ridges, cavities, and mountains of gas and dust". 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".

The hot stars emit ultraviolet radiation that ionises the surrounding gas.

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Similar to tornadoes on Earth, these space cyclones are twisted into funnel-like shapes by temperature differences between the hot surfaces and cold interiors of the clouds, the agency added. It has provided information about dark energy, looked at many distant galaxies and its stars and also helped in the discovery of many planets.

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

NASA's revolutionary Hubble Space Telescope will be celebrating its 28th anniversary soon.

It can pick up on light via its "eyes", which are five times more focused than ground-based telescopes. It's expected to last until at least 2020, and likely longer.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is said to be the next generation telescope and the successor to Hubble. Researchers have actually specified that the sun is 5 billion years of ages and has the power to continue to light the planetary system for an extra 5 billion years.

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