The 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope has just passed and it order to celebrate NASA have released this totally stunning image. On the 24th April 1990 the Hubble Telescope was sent into space aboard space shuttle Discovery and ever since then it’s been providing us with stunning images of our universe.
Here is the ESA’s description of the above image:
“In this image, the sparkling centrepiece of Hubble’s silver anniversary fireworks is a giant cluster of about 3000 stars called Westerlund 2. The cluster resides in a raucous stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20 000 light-years away in the constellation Carina.
The stellar nursery is difficult to observe because it is surrounded by dust, but Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 peered through the dusty veil in near-infrared light, giving astronomers a clear view of the cluster. Hubble’s sharp vision resolves the dense concentration of stars in the central cluster, which measures only about 10 light-years across.”
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