Happy 20th Birthday to the Hubble Space Telescope! While we should be showering HST with gifts, instead the telescope provides this present to us: an amazing view of what has been nicknamed "Mystic Mountain. " It is just a small portion of one of the largest known star-birth regions in the galaxy, the Carina Nebula. Three light-year-tall towers of cool hydrogen laced with dust rise from the wall of the nebula.
The scene is reminiscent of Hubble’s classic “Pillars of Creation” photo from 1995, but even more striking. "Mystic Mountain has clouds of gas and dust, that have not only baby stars, but also baby solar systems," said John Grunsfeld, Hubble-hugger, repairman and now the Deputry Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute. "4.5 billion years ago, this may be what our solar system looked like."