Hubble snaps jaw-dropping image to celebrate its 30th birthday

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  • NASA is celebrating Hubble’s 30th birthday with a breathtaking image of a distant pair of nebulas.
  • The image, which has been nicknamed “the Cosmic Reef” captures two nebulas in the star-forming region of space called the Large Magellanic Cloud, which is located around 163,000 light-years from Earth.
  • NASA and the European Space Agency hope to keep Hubble up and running for some time yet, perhaps even another decade or longer.
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The Hubble Space Telescope is NASA’s workhorse. It was launched way back in 1990 and despite a few hiccups along the way, it’s still going strong in the year 2020. NASA is incredibly proud of all the work it has done and has been working up to the spacecraft’s birthday with some fun retrospectives throughout the month.

Now, on the telescope’s official birthday, April 24th, NASA is showcasing one of its latest images, and it’s definitely a candidate for the most impressive photo Hubble has ever captured. The picture features two nebulas, NGC 2014 and NGC 2020, hanging out in the Large Magellanic Cloud some 163,000 light-years away.

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