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NASA releases spectacular images of Lagoon Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

On the occasion of the Hubble Space Telescope’s 28th anniversary, the US space agency NASA along with the European Space Agency has released spectacular images of the Lagoon Nebula. The images were snapped by the revolutionary Hubble Space Telescope. Recently, the Hubble team turned the giant space telescope towards the magnificent Lagoon Nebula and the telescope managed to capture a couple of breathtaking images of the nebula. Those images were recently released to celebrate Hubble’s 28th anniversary in space.

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched on April 24, I990 and this Tuesday, the spacecraft completes 28 successful years in space. Hubble telescope snapped two different images of Lagoon Nebula, one taken in visible light and the other taken in infrared light. Both the images showed the diversity of the vast stellar nursery which is situated about 4,000 light years away from Earth. One could see fantasy landscapes of cavities, ridges, and mountains of dust and gas that are sculpted by powerful, blistering ultraviolet radiations and strong and violent stellar winds.

The Lagoon Nebula is 55 light-years wide and 20 light years tall and according to the scientists, the nebula is three times the size of Moon. The most spectacular part of the image was the bright star Herschel 36 that beamed brightly at the center of the Lagoon Nebula. Scientists were lucky enough to see the giant Herschel star exploding inside the Lagoon Nebula, thanks to Hubble.

Scientists informed that the Herschel 36 was exploding and emitting bright radiations and winds when the Hubble turned its focus towards the Lagoon Nebula. The giant Herschel 36 star is almost 32 times more massive than the Sun and is also around 200,000 times brighter than our Sun.  Its temperature soars to 40,000 degrees Kelvin. But while our Sun is around 5 million years old, this giant star is very young and is about 1 million years old. Scientists believe that the star will live up to only 5 million years.

Hubble Space Telescope, during its 28 years old journey so far, has managed to send many vital information about the cosmos. No other telescope knows about the outside world better than the Hubble and the powerful telescope is still going on strongly. The telescope plays a vital role in helping scientists search for life in other planets beyond our solar system.

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