Horsehead Nebula captured in images by Hubble telescope

Credit: NASA

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) published on Saturday a spectacular new image of the Horsehead nebula to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope.

“The result is a rather ethereal and fragile-looking structure, made of delicate folds of gas — very different to the nebula’s appearance in visible light,” mission officials wrote in an image description on April 19.

The Horsehead Nebula is a so-called dark cloud that rises in the shape of a horse head of glowing interstellar gas and is mostly opaque in visible light.

Horsehead Nebula is located at a distance of 1,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Orion.

The structure has the shape of a horse head and it is a giant interstellar cloud of dust and gas, to which the light of a nearby star gives a great glow.

Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has given astronomers previously unknown insights.

Source: NASA