Hubble Reveals Its New “Astronomical Treasure Trove” Picture of the Week

Hubble Reveals Its New “Astronomical Treasure Trove” Picture of the Week

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope keeps being the pride and joy of astronomers, despite the fact that it’s been bringing pictures of the Universe for more than 30 years. You can complain about a lot of stuff when you get to know our Cosmos better by studying astronomy and astrophysics: the bad and often hellish conditions from other planets, black holes, quasars, supernovae, and the list can go on and on forever. But you certainly cannot complain about getting bored!

The Hubble telescope is once again in the front row news after it caught an amazing photo of the NGC 6569 Galactic bulge globular cluster, which is also known as ESO 456-77 or GCl 91. It’s a cosmic structure that contains over 20,000 stars. You can find the cluster in the constellation Sagittarius and over 9,700 light-years away from the core of our Milky Way galaxy.

Hubble researchers explained as quotes:

The Hubble observation comes from an investigation of globular clusters which lie close to the center of the Milky Way,

These objects have been avoided in previous surveys, as the dust spread throughout the center of our Galaxy blocks light from these globular clusters and alters the colors of the stars residing in them.

The last factor is particularly important for astronomers studying stellar evolution, as the colors of stars can give astronomers insights into their ages, compositions, and temperatures.

Hubble’s new “Picture of the Week” comes in a period when the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is preparing to finally send its first full-color images of the Cosmos back to Earth. We’re days away from that glorious moment, and it needs to be said once again that JWST is considered the successor of Hubble. 

The NGC 6589 cluster was discovered almost 250 years ago by William Herschel, a German-British astronomer.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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