When NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990, it was an effort to learn more about the universe beyond the planet's boundaries.
2018 marks the 28th anniversary of the launch of Hubble and two new images of the Lagoon Nebula have been released. According to Antonella Nota, one of Hubble's many project specialists, this is proof of the longevity and continuous innovation of the telescope.
She spoke with Gabe ROSS of WECT about the new pictures and their results.
"What you see here is a section in the heart of this nebula, where you can see a very massive star with strong winds that forms the gas and dust and creates the beautiful pillars and features," said Nota. "But then, if you look into the infrared, all the dust and gas goes away, what you see are hundreds and hundreds of little stars being formed, because what you're looking at is a huge stellar nursery . " [1
Above all, you need a very clear and dark night. The bright stars that make up the fog sit high on the teekapsel-shaped constellation. You need a strong telescope, but if you do not have one, do not worry. The Hubble's advanced lens draws a breathtaking portrait in all its cosmic splendor.
"Hubble has completely revolutionized our understanding of the universe," said Nota. "Hubble has also shown us how stars form, as we've just discussed with the Lagoon Nebula, you can see in almost three dimensions, you can see the tiny little stars that form their cocoon of dust and gas."
For 28 years, astronauts have conducted five missions to improve technology aboard the telescope. These improvements have led to some interesting discoveries in distant places.
"We recently had a very interesting discovery," said Nota. "Hubble saw the farthest star ever seen nine billion light-years away, we would not be able to see the stars under normal conditions, because even for Hubble it's a stretch, but Hubble got help from gravitational lenses."
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