It’s a new ultra-detailed image of one of the jewels of the southern hemisphere’s night sky, and it probably reminds you of something—namely the Hubble Space Telescope’s famous image of the Eagle Nebula called the “Pillars of Creation.”
The object of this new photo is the “Carina Nebula,” a region of space where stars are born a whopping 7,500 light-years away from our Solar System. It’s also a region where only space telescopes—well clear of the interference of Earth’s atmosphere—can take such images.
Or, at least, that used to be true. You see, the above image wasn’t taken by Hubble or any other orbiting space telescope, but by a team of astronomers using the Gemini South telescope atop a