Some absolutely amazing footage of the Lagoon Nebula has been released by NASA, and it is sure to blow your mind.
It is the 28th birthday of the Hubble Space Telescope, and NASA is celebrating by releasing a mind-blowing video of the Lagoon Nebula created with imagery from Hubble. And the Internet is going gaga over it, as in just three days the video has racked up more than 130,000 views, far more than the typical video does after such a short period. The video is embedded at the bottom of this post.
It begins far away from the nebula, focusing on a large part of the sky before slowly zooming in on the nebula that is 4,000 light years from Earth. A young star only about a million years old is at the heart of the nebula, and it is an incredible 200,000 times brighter and about eight times hotter than our own sun.
Hubble was launched back in 1990 aboard the space shuttle Discovery as a joint project between NASA and the European Space Agency. Hubble is busy with all sorts of assignments in a given year, but sometimes it will take a close look and create a detailed image of one particular spot, resulting in some of the most iconic space photos of all time.
“This colorful image, taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, celebrates the Earth-orbiting observatory’s 28th anniversary of viewing the heavens, giving us a window seat to the universe’s extraordinary tapestry of stellar birth and destruction,” reads a statement from NASA’s Hubble website. “At the center of the photo, a monster young star 200,000 times brighter than our Sun is blasting powerful ultraviolet radiation and hurricane-like stellar winds, carving out a fantasy landscape of ridges, cavities, and mountains of gas and dust. This mayhem is all happening at the heart of the Lagoon Nebula, a vast stellar nursery located 4,000 light-years away and visible in binoculars simply as a smudge of light with a bright core.”