The Hubble Space Telescope celebrates its 28th year in 2018. To commemorate this milestone, NASA released images of the Lagoon Nebula, which features a huge exploding star named Hershel 36. (NASA, ESA and STScI) ]
The Hubble Space Telescope celebrates its 28th anniversary by taking stargazers for a visual exploration of the Lagoon Nebula.
An Interstellar Experience
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While the Hubble Space Telescope has captured only part of the Lagoon Nebula, due to its enormous size, it has been able to capture a significant event going on inside. A huge star, which NASA called Herschel 36, exploded. The Hubble Space Telescope perfectly captured the star, breaking and releasing radiation and winds within the nebula.
Herschel 36 Statistics
NASA scientists have identified Herschel throughout the Hubble Space Telescope, which has captured part of the giant lagoon nebula 36. The star is 32 times larger than the Sun. Herschel 36 also beats the sun with its temperature. However, scientists believe that the sun will survive Herschel 36. Scientists have determined that the sun is 5 billion years old and has the power to continue illuminating the solar system for another 5 billion years. Due to the size of Herschel 36, the 1-million-year-old star would live only 5 million years.
An Exclusive to NASA
Tech Times recently spoke with Jim Jeletic, NASA Flight Center's Deputy Hubble Project Manager at Goddard Space, about the milestone celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope. Jeletic noted that thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA was able to learn more about scientific discoveries like dark energy and capture comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which had an impact on Jupiter. The Hubble Space Telescope also led to the discovery of thousands of planets.
"From a scientific perspective, Hubble has changed our fundamental understanding of the Universe, allowing us to refine our knowledge in some areas and discover things we know I never knew existed," Jeletic said in an exclusive statement Tech Times.
The Hubble Milestone
CNET reported that since the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope on April 24, 1990, the telescope has made over 1.5 million observations and images of more than 43,500 celestial objects. It has also made over 163,500 trips around the world, equivalent to 4 billion miles. Countless astronomers have cited Hubble data in more than 15,000 research papers.
Hubble in the news
In addition to the Hubble Space Telescope, which is celebrating its centenary, the space instrument recently also recorded an Einstein Ring featuring gravitational lenses. It was also able to get a picture of a star called Icarus, 9 billion light-years away from Earth. NASA asked the stargazers to find ten new galaxies and two clusters added to the Messler Catalog.
Click on the video to view the telescope and fly through the lagoon nebula.
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