More from the Hubble Space Telescope: It found what experts call “a cosmic keyhole” deep in space

The website ScienceAlert public yesterday an article detailing a new discovery from the NASA space telescope NASA/ESA James Hubble. In this case it is the image of what appears to be a hole in the structure of space

Described by experts as a ‘cosmic keyhole’the phenomenon captured by the telescope is what is known as a reflection nebula: part of the debris left by the formation of a newborn star or, in this case, a small multiple star system known as V380 Orionis in the constellation of Orion”, details the author of the note, David Nield.

Reflection nebulae are clouds of gas and dust that reflect light from nearby stars.. “The ghostly object seen here is about 1,350 light years from Earthnot far from the Orion Nebula, “a factory of stars of significant size that turns out to be the closest of its kind to Earth,” says the specialized medium.

Space agencies describe it as “like a mist curling around a streetlight,” but the reason for the gigantic space in the middle of the cloud is so far unknown. The phenomenon received the scientific name of NGC 1999.


Of course, it is not the first time that it has been spotted, already in 1999 the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) had captured it, but its image was the subject of follow-up observations by telescopes, including the ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory. This sharp photo we now have is the fruit of the group effort of numerous instruments.

The Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 as it was installed on Hubble. Today, no longer in use, it is in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

“Hubble has been capturing the stars and galaxies around us for more than 30 years,” says Nield, “but it’s much more than pretty pictures: it has also helped scientists deepen their understanding of the Universe, whether it’s discovering new asteroids or predicting the death of the Sun”.