Hubble telescope peeks through ‘cosmic keyhole’ in stunning photo

It’s not everyday that you can peek through a keyhole in the cosmos, but Hubble did just that — and it didn’t even realize 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 Oct. 24 shows a “peculiar portrait” of the swirling cloud of gas and dust. The nebula is a relic of a star’s formation, V380 Orion, which can be seen in the center of the image, according to an ESA statement (opens in new tab) that accompanied the image.

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