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. In the centre is seen a young star that is 200 thousand times brighter than the Sun.
CNET reported that because the Hubble Space Telescope introduced on April 24, 1990, the telescope has actually made over 1.5 million observations and caught pictures of more than 43,500 celestial things.
It's 4,000 light-years away from Earth, yet it is three times larger in the sky than the full moon. However, some of them are young stars within the Lagoon Nebula itself.
This year is no exception; these are from the Lagoon Nebula, and are stunning examples of what the telescope can "see". But the interesting part is that the Hubble managed to trace an important event happening at the inner Lagoon Nebula. Using its infrared capabilities, the telescope was able to peer through the thick clouds of dust and gas. The telescope aptly captured the exploding star and the radiation and winds that it emitted. The clouds may look majestic and peaceful, but they are in a constant state of flux from the star's torrent of searing radiation and high-speed particles from stellar winds.
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Here's to another 28 years among the stars, Hubble!
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.
Hubble observations have produced more than 153 terabytes of data, which are available for present and future generations of researchers.
The Hubble observes ultraviolet wavelengths, which the atmosphere filters out, and it collects visible light. 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.
The machinery sits more than 370 miles above earth. It's expected to last until at least 2020, and likely longer. 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".
The James Webb telescope has been described as a "time machine" that could help unravel the secrets of our universe. In comparison, our smaller Sun is 5 billion years old and will live another 5 billion years.