The Hubble Telescope turns 26 today, and in typical space fashion, NASA is celebrating by releasing this awesome spacetacular video:
The out-of-this world sight you are seeing is actually an image of a bubble being created by the heat of a massive star which is named NGC 7635 and was chosen by the STS-31 shuttle crew to mark the telescopes 26th birth date on April 14th, 1990. The neighborhood for the Nebula is about 7,100 light years away from the planet in which we reside (it’s a trick question, it’s Earth) and is seven light years wide. The star that is responsible for the formation of NGC 7635 is quite massive, and is nearly 45 times greater than the size of our very own sun. That in itself is quite impressive and really puts a perspective on the size we are in comparison to the universe. The colors each stand for something too! Blue is oxygen, red is nitrogen and green is hydrogen being emitted off the colossal entity.
John Grunsfeld, an associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and Hubble astronaut gave this simple statement:
“As Hubble makes its 26th revolution around our home star, the sun, we celebrate the event with a spectacular image of a dynamic and exciting interaction of a young star with its environment. The view of the Bubble Nebula, crafted from WFC-3 images, reminds us that Hubble gives us a front row seat to the awe-inspiring universe we live in,”
The Nebula was originally founded by British astronomer William Herschel in 1787, nearly 300 years ago. I don’t know about you, but my geeky little heart is absolutely astonished with the wonders of space and how incredibly beautiful and raw it is. I am always eager to see what the Hubble Telescope will find. Happy 26th Birthday! We wish you many more!