First light images taken by Japan's 'Subaru' telescope

This handout photo of the Orion nebula, released by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) on Jan. 29, has been taken using 'Subaru,' one of the world's largest optical-infrared telescopes located in Hawaii. It shows sharp images of four bright stars called Trapezium, which are normally concealed behind gas clouds. The Subaru Telescope, named after the Japanese word for Pleiades, made verifiable observations of objects 5 billion light years away in the Milky Way Galaxy in two hours, compared with the seven hours it took the orbiting Hubble Telescope, NAOJ officials said. ==Kyodo

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