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Horsehead Nebula: A stunning new take on an old favourite

Photo: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team
Photo: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team

Daniel Martins, staff writer

April 21, 2013 — The Hubble Space Telescope makes an old astronomy favourite seem new again.

The storied Hubble Space Telescope has been beaming back stunning pictures of the cosmos for more than two decades.

For its 23rd anniversary, coming up on April 24, the telescope's handlers are trying something new.

They turned the lense toward the Horsehead Nebula, but this time they photographed it in the infrared spectrum.

While it is quite shadowy in optical light, it looks wispy and ghostly when seen in infrared, as seen by this image released late last week.

While not the first telescope to be launched into earth's orbit, it is by far the most famous, and is so far the only one designed to allow regular service by astronauts.

One mission, in 2009, involved installing Hubble's wide-resolution Wide Field Camera 3, which took the updated shot of the Horsehead.

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