Hubble finds infant stars in neighbouring galaxy

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esahubble_heic0502a January 12th, 2005

Credit: NASA, ESA and A. Nota (STScI/ESA)

The exquisite sharpness of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has plucked out an underlying population of infant stars embedded in the nebula NGC 346 that are still forming from gravitationally collapsing gas clouds. They have not yet ignited their hydrogen fuel to sustain nuclear fusion. The smallest of these infant stars is only half the mass of our Sun.

Image Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0502a/

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 346
Subject - Local Universe
Star > Grouping > Cluster
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 0h 59m 7.5s
DEC = -72° 10’ 32.9”
Orientation
North is 1.3° CW
Field of View
4.4 x 4.7 arcminutes
Constellation
Tucana

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Infrared (I) 814.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_red
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ID
heic0502a
Subject Category
C.3.6.4  
Subject Name
NGC 346
Credits
NASA, ESA and A. Nota (STScI/ESA)
Release Date
2005-01-12T20:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0502a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS, ACS
Color Assignment
Blue, Red
Band
Optical, Infrared
Bandpass
V, I
Central Wavelength
555, 814
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
14.7810897, -72.1757937
Reference Dimension
6555.0, 6995.0
Reference Pixel
3278.5, 3498.5
Scale
-1.11027592669e-05, 1.11159109963e-05
Rotation
-1.3
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
WCS info from NASA/Hubble
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
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
heic0502a
Metadata Date
2005-01-06T16:37:35-05:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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