NASA marked the 28th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope with a gorgeous image of an active “stellar nursery”, Lagoon Nebula.
Resembling a vivid watercolor, the photo released Thursday captures an immense star emerging from its cosmic nest in an explosion of ultraviolet radiation and stellar wind. That star, Herschel 36, is in the Lagoon Nebula, four thousand light-years from Earth. It has 32 times the mass of the Sun, is 40 thousand hotter, and almost 9 times larger than it.
Hubble Space Telescope meant a lot for the space observation
Hubble entered orbit on April 24, 1990, after being placed in orbit by the shuttle Discovery.
The telescope has examined more than 43,500 cosmic objects and has accumulated more than 1.5 million observations. It has circled the Earth more than 163,500 times and traveled a distance greater than that between our planet and Pluto.
In the image, the giant star Herschel 36 throws ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds as a hurricane, to form a landscape of ridges, cavities, and mountains of gas and dust.
A pic of the Herschel 36 star – The image chose by NASA to celebrate 28 years of Hubble Space Telescope activity
According to NASA, because Herschel 36 is emerging from its native cocoon of material, it releases radiation and torrential stellar winds that eject dust into curtain-like layers.
The activity of the star, which resembles the sun bursting through the clouds at the end of an afternoon storm, bathing the leaves of rain, has opened holes in the cloud in a bubble, which allows astronomers to study this star.
The star in the Lagoon Nebula is only one million years old and will live five times as many years. While our Sun is smaller, it is five billion years old and it is expected to double its age.
The US space agency explains that this region, photographed by Hubble between February 12th and 18th of this year, depicts a typical stellar nursery.
Although the clouds have a majestic and peaceful appearance, they are in a constant state of flux due to the torrent of radiation from the star, as well as the high-velocity particles of stellar winds.
As Herschel 36, the youngest star in Lagoona Nebula, sheds its native cocoon of material with its energy, it suppresses the formation of stars around it. However, in the dark edges of the bubble-like ecosystem, these celestial bodies form from within dense clouds of gas and dust. And all that was captured by Hubble Space Telescope.