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NASA’s Hubble Telescope Captures Stunning Image of ‘Colorful Star-forming Region’



NASA has shared a stunningly colorful image that shows a region in outer space where newborn stars are taking shape. It is dotted with shades of red and yellow, twinkling stars scattering the region like diamonds and the sun’s rays passing through them. This colorful star-forming region looks like a seasonal cosmic brew, the US space agency said. The region gets its warm color because of the brightly glowing gas and dust particles in “this stellar nursery,” NASA said. The image has been captured by NASA’s Hubble Telescope.

The Hubble Telescope has been observing far deeper space than any other instrument for the past 30 years. Launched in 1990 as a collaboration between NASA and ESA, the Hubble Telescope has made more than 1.3 million observations to date.

“Pumpkin Space > Pumpkin Spice,” NASA captioned the post, referring to the popular Starbucks brew.

NASA said the region is similar to the Orion Nebula, one of the most familiar star-forming regions, but more distant from Earth. It is estimated to be about 13,000 light years away from Earth.

The Orion Nebula, the closest star-forming region to Earth, is 1,500 light-years away. It can be seen with the naked eye.

A few days ago, NASA shared an image of two peculiar galaxies locked in a cosmic dance, some 220 million light-years from Earth. The image was captured by the Hubble Telescope. In the post, NASA said that the gravitational pull between the two galaxies would eventually result in the smaller galaxy either being thrown into space or consumed by the larger galaxy.

On another occasion, the Hubble telescope detected six early galaxies, gigantic in size, that were “dead” when the universe was about three billion years old. These galaxies lacked cold hydrogen, the fuel needed for star formation. NASA said that since these galaxies had no fuel to form stars, they were running “empty”.


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