On April 24, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit.

“No matter what Hubble reveals — planets, dense star fields, colorful interstellar nebulae, deadly black holes, graceful colliding galaxies, the large-scale structure of the Universe — each image establishes your own private vista on the cosmos.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson

NASA Celebrates The Hubble Telescope’s 25th Birthday With Gorgeous Photos Of Space Fireworks

Happy birthday, Hubble!
The celebrated space telescope turns 25 on Friday. To mark the anniversary, NASA set the instrument loose to gaze at some fireworks – that is, space fireworks. Hubble captured the spectacular photos of stars being born in “Westerlund 2,” a cluster of 3,000 stars that is in Gum 29, which NASA describes as a “raucous stellar breeding ground” in the constellation Carina.

Happy 25th Birthday, Hubble Space Telescope! 

To celebrate this milestone for everyone’s favorite eye in the sky, the Hubble team released an amazing new image of a cluster of 3,000+ stars named Westerlund 2, and this mesmerizing “flight” through space takes us there! 

Thanks to Scott Lewis for making this Vine! You can view the full video “Flight to Star Cluster Westerlund 2 here.

Bonus: You can download a free ebook of 25 of Hubble’s greatest images, courtesy of NASA and ESA!


It’s 25 years since the launch of ESA-NASA Hubble Space Telescope which became one of the most productive scientific instruments ever built. Hubble’s discoveries have transformed the way scientists look at the universe. The sheer amount of astronomy based on Hubble observations has also helped make it one of history’s most important observatories. More than 10,000 scientific articles have been published based on its data.
Above’s a visualization of the nebula Gum 29 released in celebration of the telescope’s 25th anniversary. The reason I didn’t gif it (and advise others not to as well) is because you need to see it in best quality and full screen!