Even from our limited perspective here on Earth, we know that outer space is a vast emptiness place. It is this knowledge that makes this view of NGC 6380 even more surreal.
This Hubble’s latest photo post highlights the footballing crowd that has disappeared by many (and, As NASA notes, somewhat boring) since it first appeared in 1826. The actual spectacle of NGC 6380 is anything but. But Boring, however.
Look at this gorgeous view of the stars….
The globular cluster NGC 6380, as captured by the Wide Field Camera 3 of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, E.Noyola
This bright blue light above the image is not actually part of NGC 6380. The globular cluster, a spherical formation of stars held together by gravity, is 35,000 light-years from Earth. Our blue friend, the star nicknamed HD 159073, is much closer to him Just (lol) 4000 light years away.
Like most things that live in deep space, our knowledge of NGC 6380 is limited by what we can observe from a distance. It’s part of the constellation Scorpio – yes, this chaos of stars is just one point of light to our naked human eyes. But as you can see above, it’s absolutely amazing when we zoom in for a closer view.
Two galaxies collide in the chaotic Hubble image
Images like this are only possible because Hubble is still working. The 30-year-old satellite is nearing the end of its life, so how about The James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to launch in late 2021. Hubble’s operations were even halted in June when the satellite’s on-board computer stopped working, but Fortunately, this issue seems to have been fixed.
So enjoy this deep space view, compliments to Earth’s best eye in the sky (for now).