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Hubble Celebrates Its 24th Anniversary with an Infrared Look at a Nearby Star Factory

Release date: Mar 17, 2014 5:00 AM (EDT)
Hubble Celebrates Its 24th Anniversary with an Infrared Look at a Nearby Star Factory
Release type: Hubble Heritage

This colorful Hubble Space Telescope mosaic of a small portion of the Monkey Head Nebula unveils a collection of carved knots of gas and dust silhouetted against glowing gas. The cloud is sculpted by ultraviolet light eating into the cool hydrogen gas. As the interstellar dust particles are warmed from the radiation from the stars in the center of the nebula, they heat up and begin to glow at infrared wavelengths, as captured by Hubble. The space photo superficially resembles the "The Great Wave" print by 19th century Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai.