NASA Releases The Most Amazing Photo To Celebrate Hubble’s 25th Anniversary

NASA Hubble Telescope 25th Anniversary

On April 24, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope launched into space. Since its debut the telescope has taken some truly amazing photos from the depths of our universe. To celebrate the Hubble Telescopes 25th anniversary, NASA has released an amazing photo. According to a statement from the space agency, the official anniversary image chosen by NASA is of a nebula with a centerpiece that is “a giant cluster of about 3,000 stars called Westerlund 2, named for Swedish astronomer Bengt Westerlund who discovered the grouping in the 1960s. The cluster resides in a raucous stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Carina.”

According to a statement, the official anniversary image features a nebula with a centerpiece that is “a giant cluster of about 3,000 stars called Westerlund 2, named for Swedish astronomer Bengt Westerlund who discovered the grouping in the 1960s. The cluster resides in a raucous stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Carina.”

The photo has been titled the “celestial fireworks” and it is accompanied by an NASA released video that actually allows you to travel through the photos true vastness.

According to the YouTube description:

“This visualization provides a three-dimensional perspective on Hubble’s 25th anniversary image of the nebula Gum 29 with the star cluster Westerlund 2 at its core. The flight traverses the foreground stars and approaches the lower left rim of the nebula Gum 29. Passing through the wispy darker clouds on the near side, the journey reveals bright gas illuminated by the intense radiation of the newly formed stars of cluster Westerlund 2. Within the nebula, several pillars of dark, dense gas are being shaped by the energetic light and strong stellar winds from the brilliant cluster of thousands of stars. Note that the visualization is intended to be a scientifically reasonable interpretation and that distances within the model are significantly compressed.”

The Hubble Telescope was a monumental achievement in space exploration and it continues to amaze even 25 years later.

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