The US space agency NASA has claimed to capture a picture of a supernova. The supernova is said to be located around 2,400 light-years from Earth. A supernova in science is a powerful and luminous stellar explosion. It is considered the biggest explosion in the universe that humans have ever spotted. The image was clicked by the agency’s space-based observatory, the Hubble telescope. It said that the telescope clicks pictures of the universe daily. But the recently clicked picture is winning hearts on the internet, thanks to the magical yellow wave. According to NASA, the picture features an extreme bright wave cutting through the dark space. It is illuminated with multiple stars in the background which makes it eye-soothing and favorite of many.
The picture was shared by NASA on the official Twitter handle of Hubble telescope. The photo shows a small section of the Cygnus supernova blast wave which is yellow in color. NASA said that the star was about 20 times larger than the Sun. The star had gone supernova some 10,000 to 20,000 years ago. Interestingly, the shockwaves are still expanding in the dark space at an impressive speed of 220 miles per second. The picture has also found space on NASA’s official Instagram account. The image was shared by NASA just days after Hubble clicked a closeup view of comet Neowise.
NASA’s Hubble telescope was launched in 1990 into low Earth orbit. It remains fully functional even after three decades. The telescope can capture never seen before images of the space. It has already clicked some marvelous pictures and continues to transmit several breathtaking images from the universe. According to NASA’s claim, the telescope has so far made more than 1.4 million observations. The space agency said that the telescope is in good shape and will continue to make many observations in the coming years. Although it is not the first space telescope, Hubble Space Telescope is one of the largest and most versatile space research tools. The astronomical observatory is placed above the distortion of the atmosphere in the Earth’s orbit. This gives the telescope an unobstructed view of the universe.