New star nursery from Hubble

NASA released a dramatic new image to celebrate the Hubble space telescope’s 20th anniversary (see article):

Carina nebula, visible spectrum

This awesome space mountain is more than 700,000 lightyears away, if I heard the news story correctly.

Details from NASA:

This brand new Hubble photo is of a small portion of one of the largest seen star-birth regions in the galaxy, the Carina Nebula. Towers of cool hydrogen laced with dust rise from the wall of the nebula. The scene is reminiscent of Hubble’s classic “Pillars of Creation” photo from 1995, but is even more striking in appearance. The image captures the top of a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars. The pillar is also being pushed apart from within, as infant stars buried inside it fire off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from towering peaks like arrows sailing through the air. Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

It looks to me like one frame from a Marvel comic.

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