On April 24, 1990, NASA launched the space shuttle- Discovery which traverses the low-Earth orbit since then. The Hubble Space Telescope is working as an observatory of the cosmos till now. Today, on its 30th birthday, NASA launched a few images showing the beauty of ‘Cosmic Reef‘.
April 24, 2020, completes 3 decades of space observation by the Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble launches the photo of ‘Cosmic Reef‘ showing the beauty of two giant Nebulas. The NGC 2014 also known as ‘Brain Coral Nebula‘ and the nearest star nursey nebula named NGC 2020. NGC 2020 is also a part of a future supernova. All of these cosmic beauties reside in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
The term ‘Cosmic Reef‘ resembles the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Just like the corals, the cosmic ecosystem is made up of millions of stars.
The NASA/ESA #Hubble space telescope celebrates its 30th anniversary with a tapestry of blazing starbirth.
Discover the Cosmic Reef 👇one of the most photogenic examples of the many stellar nurseries observed by the iconic telescope #Hubble30
— ESA Science (@esascience) April 24, 2020
What exactly does Hubble Space Telescope show in the ‘Cosmic Reef’?
The ‘cosmic reef‘ is basically an image amalgamation of 2 cosmic nebulas. According to the report, NGC 2014 and NGC 2020 will together form a giant star in the Large Magellanic cloud system.
NGC 2014 is a nebula made up of red hydrogen gas. The cloud formation consists of dust particles released by millions of stars which are almost 10X bigger than our Sun. The solar flares released from these stars show the shiny bubble-like structure which makes one remind of the corals undersea. Because of this structure, it is known as the cosmic brain coral.
NGC 2020, on the other hand, is a cosmic wonder waiting to happen. All of its characteristics are similar to that of NGC 2014, except for its blue color and its explosive nature. NGC 2020 is expected to become a massive supernova within a few million years.
We do want to see more such magnificent cosmic beauties over the coming decades. So, we hope NASA will keep on entering these cosmic discoveries every year. Let us know what you think about this galactic beauty in the comments below!
Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.