Diwali Greetings: Nasa sends Indians Diwali greetings with image of ‘celestial festival of lights’ | India News

US space agency Nasa has sent Diwali greetings in a unique style. Its space telescope Hubble posted an image of a globular cluster that “captured a celestial festival of lights” which looked similar to Indians lighting up scores of diyas in their homes across the country on the auspicious day.
“Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate. Nasa Hubble captured a celestial festival of lights — a globular cluster — 30,000 light-years away from Earth, near the dense and dusty center of our own Milky Way galaxy,” Nasa posted on X.
The US space agency said the ‘Liller 1’ cluster is a stable, tightly-bound bloc of tens of thousands to millions of stars, associated with all types of galaxies. Nasa said the cluster contains stars ranging from two billion to about 12 billion years old. “Some of the older stars are almost as old as the universe itself, around 12 billion years old, while the younger stars are around 1-2 billion years old,” it added.
Liller 1 is located within the Milky Way’s “bulge”, which refers to the dense and dusty region at the centre of the galaxy.
Hubble’s wide field camera 3 (WFC3) captured the image with precision because the instrument is sensitive to wavelengths of light that the human eye cannot detect.


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