NICMOS uses its near-infrared vision to probe dark, dusty, never-before-seen regions of space with the optical clarity that only Hubble can provide. A sample of images taken with NICMOS are (from top left to bottom right): over 50 newly born brown dwarfs in the Orion Nebula's Trapezium cluster; a twin pair of narrow bullet-shaped "jets" of gas and dust blasted into space by a dying star embedded within the Egg Nebula; violent star birth in Orion's giant molecular cloud OMC-1; the underlying dusty bedrock within the Cone Nebula; an edge-on ring of stars encircling the core of galaxy NGC 4013; and IRAS 04302+2247, a star hidden from direct view and seen only by the nebula it illuminates.
Image Credit: NASA; Rodger Thompson, Marcia Rieke, Glenn Schneider, Susan Stolovy (University of Arizona); K.L. Luhman (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass.); Edwin Erickson (SETI Institute/Ames Research Center); D. Padgett (IPAC/Caltech), W. Brandner (IPAC), K. Stapelfeldt (JPL); The NICMOS Group (STScI, ESA) and The NICMOS Science Team (Univ. of Arizona)