The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently shared an image of the core of Caldwell 108 located about 19,000 light-years away. The image has received over 103,000 likes and over 220 comments. It has been shared on the NASA Hubble official Instagram page.
The caption for the image states, “Welcome to the core of Caldwell 108! This spherical, dense group of stars (called a globular cluster) contains both old and new members, and is located about 19,000 light-years away”. Check out this stunning image:
Also, if you look closely, you’ll notice there’s a missing strip in the middle. NASA Hubble’s caption explains that NASA Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 uses two detectors that are near but not exactly next to each other, leaving a thin gap in the exposure. This image was taken to prove that a new method of using Hubble’s gyroscopes (developed to extend their lifetime) would still produce the high-quality science observations Hubble is known for.
NASA Hubble is posting new images of our universe on a regular basis. It recently also shared a never-before-seen look of an eclipse on the planet Uranus! The image received over 78,000 likes and 200 comments.
In other Hubble-related news, NASA recently revealed that its Hubble Space Telescope is back in business and is all set to explore the universe. According to NASA, the science instruments used in Hubble returned to full operation, following recovery from a computer anomaly that suspended the telescope’s observations.
In case you’re unaware, Hubble’s payload computer, which controls and coordinates the observatory’s onboard science instruments, had been put on a hold suddenly on June 13.