The Hubble Space Telescope is only 17 years old, but already, it has turned in a series of great discoveries and images.
On its birthday, Hubble's handlers have released 48 images of the Carina Nebula as new stars are being born. Carina is estimated to be 7,500 light years away. These images include data from a fixed earth telescope in Chile, and that allows them to be displayed in full color.
In the Carina Nebula, the images show outflowing winds and ultraviolet radiation from at least a dozen brilliant stars. Meanwhile, physical forces are acting on the space material around these 3-million-year-old stars and that's expected to create a new, second generation.