Hubble, a fascinating image twenty years later: the NGC 1999 nebula

The European Space Agency publishes an image taken by the Hubble Telescope NGC 1999One Reflection nebulaIt is a cloud of dust that reflects the light of nearby stars that are part of the constellation Orion. NGC 1999 About 1350 light years of our planet, and is formed from debris resulting from the formation of a star.

there source From the light of NGC 1999 is the star V380 Orionis, the small visible dot slightly to the left of the image center, the most curious aspect is the “hole” that looks like a keyhole…cosmic! The shot (click above to enlarge) is not recent, It dates back to the 1999 Service Mission 3A.

Except at that time, astronomers agreed that the black spot at the center of NGC 1999 was a poke ball, a dark dense cloud of gas, particles, and dust in which the process that leads to star formation takes place. Hence the contribution of many of the telescopes used to make our view more clear, including that of the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory, made it clear that In fact, the dark spot in the middle is an empty region of space.

Last June, the contribution of Herschel and other systems provided us with four images of galaxies M31 and M33 and of the two Magellanic Clouds located 3 million light-years from Earth.

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