NASA released a new photo of the space telescope “Hubble”, made by the thirtieth anniversary of operation in space. It shows two nebulae of the large region of star formation in the nearby in our galaxy, the Large Magellanic cloud, reported on the website of the Observatory.
Hubble is the most famous and successful orbital Observatory from working today. He was launched into space on 24 April 1990, and over three decades of work in earth orbit spent 1.4 million of observations. The total volume of accumulated data is tens of terabytes, they used to write more than 17 thousand scientific articles in the field of astrophysics and cosmology. In particular, observations made with the telescope, played a key role in the discovery of the accelerated expansion of the Universe, you can read about it in our article “have Worked for 52”. Yet the scientific program of the telescope, has repeatedly Podlesovskaya, calculated until June 2021. It is expected that in the future his replacement will come a new space Observatory “James Webb”.
To the thirtieth anniversary of its work, the telescope got a new picture, the designation “Outer reef”, which shows two nebula NGC 2014 and NGC 2020, is located in a large region of star formation in the Large Magellanic cloud. This companion galaxy of the milky way located at a distance of about 163 thousand light-years from the Sun.
In the Central part of NGC 2014 there is a group of bright, massive stars that powerful stellar winds have cleared the space around them from gas and dust to form “bubbles”, and gradually destroy the nearby large cloud of gas. Ultraviolet radiation from the stars ionizes the hydrogen in the nebula causing it to glow. Nebula NGC 2020 is developed because of the star wolf-Rayet, which is 15 times more massive than the Sun and about 200 thousand times brighter. The active star loses its substance in the form of powerful stellar winds and a few million years can explode as a supernova.
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