The image of the week shared by researchers working with the Hubble Space Telescope this week is an actual stunner, showing the open cluster NGC 6530. This cluster of hundreds of stars is shrouded in dust and makes up a small a part of the massive and delightful Lagoon Nebula.
Situated 4350 light-years away within the constellation of Sagittarius, the distinctive smoke-like shapes of the cluster are formed from a cloud of interstellar dust and gas which is feeding the formation of latest stars.
A portion of the open cluster NGC 6530 appears as a roiling wall of smoke studded with stars on this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. NGC 6530 is a set of several thousand stars lying around 4,350 light-years from Earth within the constellation Sagittarius. ESA/Hubble & NASA, O. De Marco; Acknowledgment: M.H. Özsaraç
To analyze this scene, Hubble used two of its instruments: the Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. Hubble scientists write that astronomers “scoured the region within the hope of finding latest examples of proplyds, a specific class of illuminated protoplanetary discs surrounding newborn stars. The overwhelming majority of proplyds have been present in just one region, the nearby Orion Nebula. This makes understanding their origin and lifetimes in other astronomical environments difficult.”
This image combines data from the Advanced Camera for Surveys with data from a ground-based instrument, the OmegaCAM on the VLT Survey Telescope which is positioned in Chile.
Hubble previously imaged the Lagoon Nebula in one in every of its most famous photos, which was shared to have a good time the telescope’s twenty eighth anniversary. This image also showed just a component of the total nebula, which is an unlimited 55 light-years wide and 20 light-years tall.
The nebula can be often called Messier 8 but was named the Lagoon Nebula for its wide dust lane which looks like a lagoon in deep field images. Up close, you possibly can see more details within the dust structures that are blown about and sculpted by the stellar winds in and among the many dust, created as latest stars are formed.