Hubble celebrates 28 years with release of Nebula Lagoon photos
Nebula Lagoon images depict star birth from 4,000 light-years away
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – 28 years after its launch, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is still capturing mind-blowing imagines across the universe.
Out new this week are two images of the Lagoon Nebula - a celestial body 4,000 light years from Earth. And by looking closely at the incredible new infrared image of the Lagoon Nebula showing the birth of a countless number of stars.
"The stars right at the middle of the infrared image are brand new stars. They actually very young. They are only 3 or 4 million years old. Whereas, the sun in contrast is several billion years old," said NASA astronomer Dr. Jeffery Hayes.
Astronomers observe them closely. Watching the stars grow gives them clues into how our own sun formed; hopefully giving us a better understanding of how planets like Earth came into existence.
"We have a vested interested in to some level because the sun is our star. And we want to know how it works," said Hayes.
The Lagoon Nebula can be seen with the naked eye. So, at night get away from street lights and look towards the southern horizon, and you may be able to see the star-birthing nebula from your backyard.
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