Hubble Telescope takes a peek at a ‘cosmic keyhole’

Hubble Telescope takes a peek at a ‘cosmic keyhole’

Dn our quest for knowledge and exploration of the Universe, the space telescope Hubble remains a faithful companion. In service for three decades, the space telescope has allowed us to see the universe in its true light. It also allowed us to discover some of the most remote regions of space. But more importantly, it proved that space is full of beauty and magic. His latest observations are proof of that. The Hubble Space Telescope has turned its powerful cameras toward a star-forming region not far from Earth.

Close to orion nebula, Hubble contemplated a region described by experts as a “cosmic keyhole”. This is what is called a reflection nebula, made up of debris left over from the formation of a star. Or, in this case, a multi-star system called V380 Orionis. You are looking at a phantom celestial object called NGC 1999. It is located about 1,350 light years from Earth, not far from the Orion Nebula. It is the star factory closest to us. An empty space is actually visible in the middle of the reflection nebula. Scientists first thought it was a Bok’s blood cella cloud of gas, molecules and dust that seems to block light.

Around the cosmic ‘keyhole’ dust can be seen reflecting light from the star V380 Orionis, which is visible near its center. This is why it is called a reflection nebula. Several space agencies describe the cloud as “like mist wrapping around a lamp post”, but the reason for the gigantic hole in the center remains a mystery. The image was first captured by Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in 1999, and it is the subject of follow-up observations by telescopes, including the Space Telescope Herschela project of the European Space Agency.

The final image and its story are truly the result of the combined efforts of many instruments. With over 30 years of experience capturing the stars and galaxies around us, Hubble continues to help scientists deepen their understanding of the universe.

The image described on the ESA/Hubble website: Cosmic Keyhole.