The Tarantula Nebula as photographed by the Hubble Telescope (Photo: ESA/Hubble & NASA, C. Murray, E. Sabbi)
Although the James Webb Space Telescope grabs most of the attention, its older sibling, the Hubble Space Telescope, which has been serving humanity for more than 32 years, continues to work vigorously.
Hubble took a spectacular photo of the Tarantula Nebula, which is about 160,000 light years from Earth.
The interstellar cloud, so named because it resembles a tarantula spider's nest and is one of the brightest celestial objects in the sky that is not a star.
In the lower left corner of the Hubble photo you can see a cluster of small, blue stars, while much smaller stars are scattered against a background of brightly colored dust and hydrogen gas.
"The Tarantula Nebula contains the most massive and hot stars known in the universe, making it the perfect natural laboratory in which to test theories of star formation and evolution," ESA representatives said in a statement.
"A rich variety of mourning images of this region have been released to the public in recent years."
The Hubble Space Telescope, which has been serving humanity for more than 32 years (Photo: GettyImages)
The Tarantula Nebula is the most active region in terms of star formation in the Local Group (the group of galaxies that includes the Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy and about 70 other dwarf galaxies), and it is also one of the largest regions of its kind in the Local Group.