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

Esahubble_ngc602_1024

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.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

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

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, None, 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
Esahubble_ngc602_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 1h 29m 27.4s
DEC = -73° 33’ 27.9”
Orientation
North is 90.1° CCW
Field of View
2.8 x 2.8 arcminutes
Constellation
Hydrus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_red Spitzer Space Telescope (IRAC) Infrared (None) 8.0 µm
Arrow_left_purple Chandra (ACIS) X-ray (0.5-7.0 keV) 300.0 pm
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (H-alpha + NII) 658.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Spectrum_xray1
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_purple
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_blue
Esahubble_ngc602_1280
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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
Release Date
2013-04-04T13:54:18
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/ngc602/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Spitzer Space Telescope, Chandra, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
IRAC, ACIS, ACS, ACS, ACS, ACS, ACS
Color Assignment
Red, Purple, Red, Red, Green, Green, Blue
Band
Infrared, X-ray, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
None, 0.5-7.0 keV, H-alpha + NII, I, I, V, V
Central Wavelength
8000, 0.3, 658, 814, 814, 555, 555
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
22.3640723363, -73.5577522851
Reference Dimension
3600.0, 3600.0
Reference Pixel
1800.0, 1800.0
Scale
-1.28602113808e-05, 1.28602113808e-05
Rotation
90.060000000000073
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
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
None
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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