Over 25 years ago the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit, and since then it’s sent back to Earth some of the most amazing images we’ve ever seen of our Universe. With its 26th birthday only days away NASA have released one of the most stunning photo’s to ever come from the telescope, a beautiful image of the NGC 7653 or as it’s more commonly known, the Bubble Nebula.
The Bubble has been photographed before, but never in its entirety, this was made possible by an additional Wide Field Camera 3 which was installed on the telescope back in 2009.
The Bubble is located 7,100 light-years away. Its name comes from its bubble-like appearance and its stunning glow that is caused from two sources: a very young and extremely hot star hidden within it that is forcing gas outward to create its bubble-like shape and a nearby molecular cloud that causes the bubble to glow.
If you like the photo that much, you can download the full resolution image here.