The star cluster Westerlund 2

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esahubble_heic1509c April 23rd, 2015

Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team

This image shows the sparkling centerpiece of Hubble's 25th anniversary tribute. Westerlund 2 is a giant cluster of about 3000 stars located 20 000 light-years away in the constellation Carina. Hubble's near-infrared imaging camera pierces through the dusty veil enshrouding the stellar nursery, giving astronomers a clear view of the dense concentration of stars in the central cluster.

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1509c/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Westerlund 2
Subject - Milky Way
Star > Grouping > Binary
Star > Grouping > Cluster
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
Nebula > Appearance > Emission
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 24m 5.4s
DEC = -57° 45’ 33.9”
Orientation
North is 27.7° CW
Field of View
3.1 x 2.1 arcminutes
Constellation
Carina
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ID
heic1509c
Subject Category
B.3.6.1   B.3.6.4   B.4.1.2   B.4.2.1  
Subject Name
Westerlund 2
Credits
NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team
Release Date
2015-04-23T15:15:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1509c/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Instrument
Color Assignment
Band
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
156.022352656, -57.7594068753
Reference Dimension
3000.0, 2000.0
Reference Pixel
1500.0, 1000.0
Scale
-1.73342207465e-05, 1.73342207465e-05
Rotation
-27.679999999999986
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
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
heic1509c
Metadata Date
2015-04-16T17:18:09-04:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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