Extreme star cluster bursts into life in new Hubble image

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esahubble_heic0715a October 2nd, 2007

Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

The star-forming region NGC 3603 - seen here in the latest Hubble Space Telescope image - contains one of the most impressive massive young star clusters in the Milky Way. Bathed in gas and dust the cluster formed in a huge rush of star formation thought to have occurred around a million years ago. The hot blue stars at the core are responsible for carving out a huge cavity in the gas seen to the right of the star cluster in NGC 3603's centre.

Image Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0715a/

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 3603
Subject - Milky Way
Star > Grouping > Cluster > Open
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 11h 15m 8.6s
DEC = -61° 15’ 44.8”
Orientation
North is 61.6° CCW
Field of View
3.2 x 3.3 arcminutes
Constellation
Carina

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (B) 435.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (V) 550.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Infrared (I) 850.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_red
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ID
heic0715a
Subject Category
B.3.6.4.1  
Subject Name
NGC 3603
Credits
NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration
Release Date
2007-10-02T15:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0715a/
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, Optical, Infrared
Bandpass
B, V, I
Central Wavelength
435, 550, 850
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
168.785856151, -61.2624334116
Reference Dimension
3885.0, 3904.0
Reference Pixel
1942.0, 1952.0
Scale
-1.39206902719e-05, 1.39206902719e-05
Rotation
61.56000000000013
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
heic0715a
Metadata Date
2007-09-20T15:42:14+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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