NASA Releases Stunning Photos in Celebration of Hubble Space Telescope's 28th Anniversary

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

The bright star peaking out from the nebula's clouds is Herschel 36, which is 32 times more massive than our sun.

"Even though it is about 4,000 light-years away from Earth, it is three times larger in the sky than the full moon", NASA and ESA officials wrote today (April 19) in a description of the newly released Hubble images, which show the nebula in both visible and infrared light. Most of the stars are background stars, located behind the nebula itself, but some are young stars in the nebula itself. This action resembles the Sun bursting through the clouds at the end of an afternoon thunderstorm that showers sheets of rainfall. It is almost nine times our Sun's diameter. It's about one million years old, which is considered young in star standards. Based on its mass, it will live for another 5 million years.

When it is launched, it will be the world's biggest and most powerful telescope, capable of peering back 200 million years after the Big Bang.

This region epitomizes a typical, raucous stellar nursery full of birth and destruction.

The images illustrate the fascinating fury of star formation. "Making infrared observations of the cosmos allows astronomers to penetrate vast clouds of gas and dust to uncover hidden gems". Herschel 36 likewise beats the sun with its temperature level. The reddish hue that dominates part of the region is glowing nitrogen. That star, Herschel 36, is in the Lagoon Nebula, four thousand light-years from Earth.

Indeed, the visible-light image - which Hubble took with its Wide Field Camera 3 instrument this past February - shows a central patch of the nebula just 4 light-years across.

Space exploration and discovery has come a long way since NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990.

In its 28-year lifetime, its circled Earth more than 163,500 times and traveled even farther than the distance from here to Pluto. Hubble has racked up plenty of frequent-flier miles, about 4 billion miles.

The Hubble is a space-based and long-term observatory. Many astronomers have actually pointed out Hubble information in over 15,000 research study documents. 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.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is said to be the next generation telescope and the successor to Hubble.

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