On Sunday, April 24, the Hubble Space Telescope will turn 26. No matter how old Hubble is, it continues to capture gorgeous images.
The latest one released by the Hubble team, one to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble, is a stunning picture of the Bubble Nebula, first observed by William Herschel in 1787.
The Bubble Nebula, otherwise known as NGC 7635 is located 7,100 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia.
At the heart of the bubble lies a gigantic star, roughly 45 times the mass of our Sun. This young (about 4 million years old) star is sending out a strong solar wind in all directions, pushing away the interstellar gases into a ‘bubble’ around the star.
This spectacular capture has been added to the Hubble Heritage Gallery.