To celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope’s 20th anniversary, NASA has released a stunning image from the Carina Nebula, which is somewhat reminiscent of the iconic Pillars of Creation image that helped push the HST into the public imagination 15 years ago.
This image was taken with the Wide Field Camera 3, the successor to the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 that took the Pillars of Creation. The cameras were switched in the final Hubble servicing mission last year.
Now, this isn’t the first time that Hubble has imaged the Carina Nebula, nor is it the widest shot taken. Three years ago, the Hubble team released this image of the carina nebula.
This year’s image comes from a region in the upper right quadrant of that image (rotated almost 180° clockwise). If you want to get a high resolution version of this year’s release, go here, but take heed that at 7281×7149 pixels, it’s not easily displayed by most computers. You can also get some more details about the region in question here.