Space has never been more beautiful.
The nebula Gum 29 is a star-forming region about 20,00 light-years away in the constellation Carina. At the core of the nebula is a cluster of several thousand stars called Westerlund 2. These newborn stars are about 2 million years old, and their light illuminates and heats the surrounding gas. The Hubble Space Telescope image, utilizing both visible and infrared light observations, was released in celebration of its 25th anniversary.
credit: Jay Anderson, Greg Bacon, Lisa Frattare, Zolt Levay, and Frank Summers (STScI)