If there are still people saying that there’s nothing left worth viewing in the Universe using the world’s most powerful telescopes, they are so wrong. We can consider ourselves extremely lucky that both time and light are unfolding the wonders of the Cosmos to us. If light didn’t have enough time available to reach us from the farthest depths that humanity has spotted with their telescopes, there wouldn’t be any cosmic objects left to admire.
Nature always finds ways to impress us, even in 2020, when astronomers have images that reveal regions of space billions of light-years away.
Check out the planetary nebula NGC 2899
The Very Large Telescope from the European Space Observatory (ESO) has captured the nebula, and it was also called as the ‘space butterfly’ due to obvious reasons. You can admire it in all its glory below:
As the European Southern Observatory itself states in the presentation of the video:
“Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have imaged a ‘space butterfly’, a planetary nebula known as NGC 2899. This video offers stunning views of this object and the science behind it.”
Astronomers had never seen such a beautiful structure before. For those who don’t know, a planetary nebula is a giant cloud of gas that emerges around a star that’s about to explode.
The beautiful NGC 2899 nebula is located between 3,000 and 6,500 light-years away from our planet. More precisely, the nebula dwells in the constellation Vela. What causes the bright colors of the nebula is not hard to explain at all. The European Space Observatory says that Ultraviolet radiation lights up the outer layers of gas that’s surrounding the star.
Diving deep into the unknown of space continues to be an exciting journey, and astronomers must keep doing it.