Twenty-eight years ago, on April 24, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was put into orbit by the Discovery Shuttle.
Each year to commemorate the event NASA delivers a new view of a specially chosen astronomical object.
To celebrate the 28 years of the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA delivers this beautiful image of the Lagoon Nebula.
It is about 4,000 light years from Earth, and appears three times larger in the sky than the full moon.
This amazing nebula was cataloged for the first time in 1654 by the Italian astronomer Giovanni Battista Hodierna, who sought to record nebulous objects in the night sky so as not to confuse them with comets.
For 28 years, Hubble has delivered many other images of the depths of space like supernovas, cataclysmic explosions marking the death of a star, as well as other celestial bodies.
It is a blue supergiant nicknamed Icarus, which is located 9.3 billion light years from Earth.
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