NASA shared a new image captured by the space telescope of a spiral galaxy located about 70 million light-years away.
This week's Hubble image shows the handsome rosy glow of a dusty spiral galaxy where stars are being born.
According to NASA, the orange-pink pockets are created because of a reaction between the Hydrogen gas and the intense light streaming outwards from nearby newborn stars. The galaxy was first discovered by German-British astronomer William Herschel in 1784.
"Astronomers look for these telltale signs of star formation when they study galaxies throughout the cosmos, as star formation rates, locations, and histories offer critical clues about how these colossal collections of gas and dust have evolved over time", the European Space Agency described the imagery. In the image, you can see the bright patches amid dark, tangled streams of cosmic dust in the galaxy.
Star births tend to take place in dusty environments, where dust clouds scatter visible light. The Hubble is an extremely capable telescope for making these infrared observations. But it could help astronomers unfold the secrets to the evolution of galaxies over time, and what causes the expansion of a galaxy. Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble has made over 1.3 million observations.
You just can't keep NASA's Hubble Space Telescope out of action.
The telescope is almost 30 years old but it continues to provide stellar imagery.
While Hubble is expected to stick around and continue beaming imagery back to Earth for another 10-20 years, its successor - the James Webb Space Telescope - is expected to launch in early 2021, and bring an array of improvements to Hubble's core mission of peering into deep space.