Hubble spends its 28th birthday with the Lagoon Nebula


The Hubble telescope was proof of a miscalculation of the Einstein.

NASA recently released the images of Lagoon Nebula taken by Hubble to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the revolutionary space telescope.

NASA/ESA caption: To celebrate its 28th anniversary in space the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope took this awesome and colourful image of the Lagoon Nebula. Astronauts have performed five servicing missions to install more advanced technology on Hubble over its lifetime, making it possible for the telescope to continue pushing the boundaries of exploration.

According to the NASA, a giant star called as Heschel 36 was exploding and Hubble Space Telescope has captured the image of the explosion perfectly which shows the traditions and winds that are released by the star inside Nebula.

Hubble images don't even capture the full scale of the Lagoon Nebula.

But the stunning images still manage to show the Lagoon Nebula in intense detail.

The Lagoon Nebula is a colossal object 55 light-year wide and 20 light-years tall. The nebula, about 4,000 light-years away, is 55 light-years wide and 20 light-years tall. It has 32 times the mass of the Sun, is 40 thousand hotter, and nearly 9 times larger than it. According to the scientists, the Herschel star is now 1-million year old and is expected to live up to only five million years.

Hubble observed the Lagoon Nebula not only in visible light but also at infrared wavelengths.

Since it is relatively huge on the night sky, Hubble is only able to capture a small fraction of the total nebula. The observations were taken by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 between February 12 and Feb 18, 2018.

The star is 200,000 times brighter than our Sun, but if you looked at it with binoculars, you would only see a smudge of light with a bright core. This new image, however, depicts a scene at the very heart of the nebula.

Herschel 36 has created "two interstellar twisters - eerie, rope-like structures that each measure half a light-year in length", NASA said.

However, at the dark edges of this dynamic bubble-shaped ecosystem, stars are forming within dense clouds of gas and dust.

Similar to tornadoes on Earth, these space cyclones are twisted into funnel-like shapes by temperature differences between the hot surfaces and cold interiors of the clouds, the agency added.

Only by combining optical and infrared data can astronomers paint a complete picture of the ongoing processes in the nebula.