NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope celebrated its 20th birthday yesterday, and the agency released the stunning images above in honor of the occasion. The image above “captures the chaotic activity atop a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars.” Continue reading for a larger image.

This turbulent cosmic pinnacle lies within a tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7,500 light years away in the southern constellation Carina.

[via Dailymail]