Just when you thought Hubble was down for the count (and it is, still, sadly) — scientists celebrate the 17th anniversary of the telescope’s launch and deployment with one of the largest panoramic images ever taken using the HST’s cameras. The above images are snapshots from a massive (read: 29566×14321 pixels) image spanning 50 light-years across, of a region in the Carina Nebula where, as the press release says, “a maelstrom of star birth — and death — is taking place”. The image can be downloaded in a variety of formats and sizes from HubbleSite.
Also available is a high quality flythrough video that zooms in from a spot where the Carina image is nothing more than a pixel to a full-on view, for perspective into its relative location.
Previously: From Whence We Came