Visible and Infrared Comparison of NGC 2174

Visible and Infrared Comparison of NGC 2174

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News release ID: STScI-2014-18
Release Date: Mar 17, 2014
Image Use: Copyright
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This graphic compares visible-light and infrared views of the same detailed area in the star-forming nebula NGC 2174 from the Hubble Space Telescope. On the left is a visible-light image made by WFPC2 in 2001 and on the right is an image made by the WFC3 infrared camera. Infrared light penetrates more dust and gas than visible light, allowing main details to become visible. A jet of material from a newly forming star is visible in one of the pillars, just above and left of center in the right-hand image. Several galaxies are seen in the infrared view, much more distant than the columns of dust and gas.

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Acknowledgment: The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) and J. Hester