Hubble Telescope Celebrates Twenty Years in Orbit

To mark the Hubble Telescope’s 20th anniversary in orbit, today, April 24, NASA released a stunning new picture made by the iconic eye on the universe.

The newest Hubble photograoh is of a tiny bit of one of the largest star-birth regions in the galaxy, the Carina Nebula.


This Hubble Telescope picture shows towers of cool hydrogen laced with dust rising from the wall of the nebula, NASA says in the information released with the photo.

“The scene is reminiscent of Hubble’s classic ‘Pillars of Creation’ photo from 1995, but is even more striking in appearance. The image captures the top of a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars. The pillar is also being pushed apart from within, as infant stars buried inside it fire off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from towering peaks like arrows sailing through the air.”

Details of the new Hubble Telescope photo are in the image below.


Hubble Telescope photos by NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

To commemorate Hubble’s 20th anniversary, NASA released Hubble: A Journey Through Space and Time, a book of images–including the pictures presented here–that best highlight the telescope’s scientific and societal impacts, according to NASA astronomers.

View the National Geographic News photo gallery:

Hubble 20th Anniversary Photos: NASA Astronomers’ Picks

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