Young stars sculpt gas with powerful outflows

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esahubble_heic0514a November 10th, 2005

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

This Hubble Space Telescope view shows one of the most dynamic and intricately detailed star-forming regions in space, located 210,000 light-years away in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. At the centre of the region is a brilliant star cluster called NGC 346. A dramatic structure of arched, ragged filaments with a distinct ridge surrounds the cluster. A torrent of radiation from the hot stars in the cluster NGC 346, at the centre of this Hubble image, eats into denser areas around it, creating a fantasy sculpture of dust and gas. The dark, intricately beaded edge of the ridge, seen in silhouette, is particularly dramatic. It contains several small dust globules that point back towards the central cluster, like windsocks caught in a gale.

Image Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0514a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
N66 NGC 346
Subject - Local Universe
Star > Grouping > Cluster
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 0h 59m 7.2s
DEC = -72° 10’ 29.1”
Orientation
North is 181.2° CW
Field of View
2.7 x 3.1 arcminutes
Constellation
Tucana

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Infrared (I) 814.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (H-alpha) 658.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_red
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ID
heic0514a
Subject Category
C.3.6.4   C.4.1.2  
Subject Name
N66, NGC 346
Credits
NASA, ESA and A. Nota (ESA/STScI, STScI/AURA)
Release Date
2005-11-10T19:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0514a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS, ACS, ACS
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Infrared, Optical
Bandpass
V, I, H-alpha
Central Wavelength
555, 814, 658
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
14.7800519925, -72.1747567782
Reference Dimension
3221.0, 3761.0
Reference Pixel
1611.5, 1881.5
Scale
-1.38978111096e-05, 1.38978111096e-05
Rotation
-181.16320083902832
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Data is calculated based on Simbad coordinates! Using this image as an overlay on a DSS background, a 5 arcsec (or so) difference is expected to be seen!
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
heic0514a
Metadata Date
2005-11-08T18:13:07+01:00
Metadata Version
1.0
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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