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Hubble Celebrates 20 years of Discovery!

23 Apr 2010, 18:17 UTC
Hubble Celebrates 20 years of Discovery!
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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)Click on the yellow word "Hubble" above for more

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