The Hubble Space Telescope recently celebrated 25 years of documenting the beauty of our universe – and to commemorate the occasion, NASA released a stunning image captured by the telescope. “This vista of starry fireworks and glowing gas is a fitting image for our celebration of 25 years of amazing Hubble science,” said NASA in a statement.
What you see is an enormous cluster of about 3,000 stars called Westerlund 2. It gets its name from Swedish astronomer Bengt Westerlund, who discovered it in the 1960s. “The cluster resides in a raucous stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Carina,” the statement said.
NASA also uploaded a 3D video of the star cluster that’s too gorgeous not to see. We turned it into the GIF above.
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