Hubble astronomers release new image on telescope's 30th anniversary

A new image marking 30 years since the launch of Hubble shows a vast star-forming region in a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.

Published: April 24, 2020 at 2:50 pm
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NGC 2014 and NGC 2020, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: NASA, ESA, and STScI

The Hubble Space Telescope team have released a new image captured by the orbiting observatory, showing two nebulae, NGC 2014 (right) and NGC 2020 (left), both part of a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.


A group of bright stars lies in the centre of NGC 2014, visible because their fierce energy has blown away the cocoon of hydrogen gas in which they was born.

The blue nebula NGC 2020 was shaped by just one star, about 15 times more massive and 200,000 times more luminous than our Sun. It can be seen just above the centre of the gap in the middle of the nebula.

NGC 2014 and NGC 2020 may appear separate, but they are actually part of one giant stellar nursery.

After 30 years, the Hubble Space Telescope continues to reveal just how mysterious and beautiful our Universe is.


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Observatory Hubble Space Telescope
Release date 24 April 2020
Image credit NASA, ESA, and STScI


Iain Todd, BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Iain ToddScience journalist

Iain Todd is BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Staff Writer. He fell in love with the night sky when he caught his first glimpse of Orion, aged 10.


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