NASA Releases Astonishing Video Of The Lagoon Nebula As A 28th Hubble Birthday Gift

NASA Releases Astonishing Video Of The Lagoon Nebula As A 28th Hubble Birthday Gift

Did you ever want to zoom near the central bulge in the Milky Way in the Sagittarius constellation where stars are born? NASA almost made it possible thanks to the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. As a 28th Hubble birthday gift for all of us, the space agency has posted astonishing videos and pictures of what is widely known as the Lagoon Nebula.



The main video footage takes viewers from far away into the very heart of the large, colorful nebula, NASA calls a “raucous star nursery full of birth and destruction,” 4,000 light-years away from Earth.


At the Lagoon Nebula’s heart is a huge “young” star (the million-year-old Hershel 36), 200,000 times brighter and 8 times hotter than Earth’s sun. It roils the region with ultraviolet radiation and winds carving out an exploding, undulating “fantasy landscape of ridges, cavities, and mountains of gas and dust,” according to the space agency.


NASA has also released a video which dissolves to an infrared version that cuts through gas and dust to reveal a multitude of stars:



This is an imagined three-dimensional flight across the core of the Lagoon Nebula using photos from Hubble:



Hubble was launched 24 April 1990, aboard the space shuttle Discovery and was a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency. Once a year the telescope takes a break from its assigned observations to take a detailed photograph of a particular spot of the cosmos.


The Hubble “has offered a new view of the universe and has reached and surpassed all expectations for a remarkable 28 years,” according to NASA and the ESA. The telescope has “revolutionized almost every area of observational astronomy.”


NASA Releases Astonishing Video Of The Lagoon Nebula As A 28th Hubble Birthday Gift

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Reference: Huffington Post

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