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Space Photos of the Week: Light a Candle for Hubble, Still Gazing Strong
2018-04-21T14:00:00Z - WIRED Staff / Wired
This isn’t just any Hubble photo of the Lagoon Nebula; this is a special birthday photo celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope’s 28 years in orbit. The Lagoon Nebula, seen here in dazzling color, is 4,000 light years away and is gargantuan as star nurseries go: 20 light years high and 55 light years wide. This is a gorgeous photo and one you might not recognize of a famous astral body, called the Lagoon Nebula. The Hubble Space Telescope took this photo in infrared light, which reveals different elements of the nebula not seen in the visible spectrum. The dark regions are called coronal holes—openings in the Sun’s magnetic field—and when open, they spit highly charged particles into space.

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