The Hubble Space Telescope will be celebrating its 28th anniversary on Tuesday. NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) is going to celebrate the anniversary of Hubble Telescope by taking the stargazers on a visual exploratory treat to the Lagoon Nebula.
Hubble, which is a joint project by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) was launched on April 24th, 1990. On Thursday, NASA has set the Hubble Space Telescope to the Lagoon Nebula, which is a celestial body that is located in 4,000 light-years away from the Earth. Lagoon Nebula is about 55 years wide and 20 light years tall and it is about the three times the size of the moon. Hubble Telescope can take the only image of the portion of the Lagoon Nebula, as the size of the Nebula is very large.
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. The star is about 32 times bigger than the sun and also have high temperature than the sun.
Hubble have peeped inside the massive Lagoon Nebula by using its instruments. The nebula is large enough and can be seen with the naked eye on clear, dark nights. ESA’s Hubble site said the image that was taken by Hubble as “This colorful cloud of glowing interstellar gas is just a tiny part of the Lagoon Nebula, a vast stellar nursery. This nebula is a region full of intense activity, with fierce winds from hot stars, swirling chimneys of gas, and energetic star formation all embedded within a hazy labyrinth of gas and dust.”
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is said to be the next generation telescope and the successor to Hubble. The new telescope will be going to space in 2020.