NASA Marks 30 Years Anniversary of Hubble Telescope Launch

NASA Marks 30 Years Anniversary of Hubble Telescope Launch

NASA Marks 30 Years Anniversary of Hubble Telescope Launch

To celebrate 30 years of the grand telescope orbiting around our pale blue dot, NASA has cooked up a nifty web tool to help you see imagery captured by the Hubble Space Telescope on your birthday.

The image - showing giant nebula NGC 2014 and its neighbour NGC 2020 - has been nicknamed the "Cosmic Reef" because it looks like an undersea world.

"Hubble has yielded to date 1.4 million observations and provided data that astronomers around the world have used to write more than 17,000 peer-reviewed scientific publications, making it the most prolific space observatory in history". According to experts, Hubble's rich data archive will be enough to speed up the researches of future generations even by future generations. Located around 163,000 light-years from Earth, the Large Magellanic Cloud is relatively quite close, given that the next nearest galaxy is Andromeda, 2.5 million light-years away.

More information about the origin of the Hubble Telescope and its findings can be heard on BBC which will be showcased on the channel.

Hubble has been placed in space to observe the most distant stars and galaxies, as well as planets in our solar system.

These baby stars are big - at least 10 times more massive than Earth's sun - and they're bright. The gas in these areas is less dense, making it easier for the stellar winds to blast through them, creating bubble-like structures reminiscent of coral, that have earned the nebula the nickname "Brain Coral".

Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope

Nebulae NGC 2020-the stunning bluish feature at bottom left-was forged by a massive star approximately 200,000 times brighter than our Sun. Those celebrating a birthday today (April 23), for instance, would be met with a shot of the the center of the Milky Way-revealing a bustling population of massive stars and a complex swirl of hot, ionized gas-snapped in 2008. It belongs to a rare family of stellar bodies called Wolf-Rayet stars.

Nebulae are sizable interstellar clouds of dirt and fuel that may be formed after stars explode as supernovae at the quit of their lifecycles.

The behemoth appears offset from the centre because the telescope is viewing the cone from a slightly tilted angle.

The surrounding cloud comprises oxygen expelled from the surface of the star, which has been heated to a temperature of 11,000 °C (19,800 °F). causing it to glow a vivid blue.

"It is paramount for the excellent and long-lasting cooperation between NASA and ESA".

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