Space is huge and full of darkness. But there is beauty everywhere, as Hubble always reminds us.
Take this newly-shared image of NGC 972, a spiral galaxy discovered in 1784 by German-British astronomer William Herschel, 70 million light-years away, but it definitely makes a good photo.
The image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, and as you undoubtedly have already read in the above tweet, these orange-red flourishes can be seen throughout the picture. The product of hydrogen gas, a key building block for star formation, responds to the light of newborn stars. The darker black spots between the lighter spots are cosmic dust.
NASA shares photos like this all the time and they never get old. Hubble is a common source of outstanding images, but remember, it was launched in 1
While Hubble is expected to remain on Earth for another 10 to 20 years, and his images will continue to shine, his successor – the James Webb Space Telescope – is expected to launch in early 2021 and bring a number of enhancements to Hubble's core mission into space to look, bring.