Hubble/Chandra/Spitzer composite image of NGC 602, in the wing of the Small Magellanic Cloud

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esahubble_ngc602 April 4th, 2013

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ.Potsdam/L.Oskinova et al; Optical: ESA, NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASAs Chandra X-ray telescope has made the first detection of X-ray emission from young solar-type stars that lie outside our Milky Way galaxy. They live in a region known as the Wing of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. X-rays from young stars trace how active their magnetic fields are. Magnetic activity provides clues to a stars rotation rate and the rising and falling of hot gas in the stars interior. Astronomers suggest that if the X-ray properties of young stars are similar in different environments around our galaxy, then other related properties, such as the formation of planets, are also likely to be similar. In this composite image of the Wing from NASAs Great Observatories, the Chandra data are shown in purple; visible light seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is in red, green, and blue; and infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope are coloured red.

Image Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/ngc602/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 602
Subject - Local Universe
Star » Grouping » Cluster

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_purple Chandra (ACIS) X-ray (X-ray) 826.7 pm
Arrow_left_blue Hubble (ACS/WFC) Optical (V-band) 555.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble (ACS/WFC) Optical (I-band) 814.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Hubble (ACS/WFC) Optical (H-alpha) 658.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Spitzer (IRAC) Infrared (Mid-IR) 8.0 µm
Spectrum_xray1
Arrow_top_purple
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_red
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ID
ngc602
Subject Category
C.3.6.4  
Subject Name
NGC 602
Credits
X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ.Potsdam/L.Oskinova et al; Optical: ESA, NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/ngc602/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra, Hubble, Hubble, Hubble, Spitzer
Instrument
ACIS, ACS/WFC, ACS/WFC, ACS/WFC, IRAC
Color Assignment
Purple, Blue, Green, Red, Red
Band
X-ray, Optical, Optical, Optical, Infrared
Bandpass
X-ray, V-band, I-band, H-alpha, Mid-IR
Central Wavelength
0.8267, 555, 814, 658, 8000
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
Email
cxcpub@cfa.harvard.edu
Telephone
617.496.7941
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
ngc602
Metadata Date
2013-04-03T11:47:03-04:00
Metadata Version
1.0
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