Hubble peeks through ‘cosmic keyhole’ in stunning photo

It’s not everyday you get to peek through a keyhole into the world, but Hubble did just that — and didn’t even know it.

A new photo of the Reflection Nebula NGC 1999 taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) on October 24 shows a “peculiar portrait” of the swirling cloud of gas and dust. The nebula is a remnant of the formation of a star, V380 Orion, which can be seen in the center of the image, according to an ESA statement (opens in new tab) which accompanied the picture.

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