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Stunningly clear view of the Bubble Nebula for Hubble’s 26th birthday

On 24 April 1990, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit aboard the space shuttle Discovery as the first space telescope of its kind. To celebrate another year since it opened us a new window on the Universe, Hubble annually observes and captures a spectacular view of a special chosen object.

This year it’s the Bubble Nebula which lies 8 000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia. Due to its very large size on the sky, previous Hubble images have only shown small sections of the nebula. Now, a mosaic of four images from Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 allows us to see the whole object in one picture for the first time. You can read more about the nebula here.

Click on the image! The details are simply amazing. Space never ceases to astonish.
Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team