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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

 

Happy 17th Anniversary Hubble!

Image Credit NASA/ESA/Hubble

The Hubble Space Telescope is 17 years old today. In commemoration, Hubble has released this astounding, breath taking image (click to enlarge, you won't regret it). For an instrument that has been sending back breath taking images, this one has surely topped the lot.

To quote the press release:
The image shows a 50 light-year-wide view of the tumultuous central region of the Carina Nebula where a maelstrom of star birth – and death – is taking place.
Eta Carina and its nebula is one of my favorite sky places, this image will make me look at it in a different light! (Many thanks to Stuart for the heads up!) (and don't forget comet Lovejoy!)

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