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NASA and ESA are celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope's silver anniversary
of 25 years in space by unveiling some of nature's own fireworks
— a giant cluster of about 3,000 stars called Westerlund 2. The cluster resides
inside a vibrant stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20,000 lightyears
away in the constellation Carina.
The comparatively young, 2-million-year-old
star cluster contains some of our galaxy's hottest, brightest, and most massive
stars. The largest stars are unleashing a torrent of ultraviolet light and hurricane
force winds that etch away the enveloping hydrogen gas cloud.
This creates a fantasy celestial landscape of pillars, ridges, and valleys.
Date Released: April 23, 2015
Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)