Release 17 of 19

Hubble's Improved Optics Reveal Incredible Detail in Giant Cloud of Gas and Dust

Release date: Jan 13, 1994 12:00 AM (EST)
Release type: American Astronomical Society Meeting / Early Release Observation

An image of a star-forming region in the 30 Doradus nebula, surrounding the dense star cluster R136. The image was obtained using the second generation Wide Filed and Planetary Camera (WFPC-2), installed in the Hubble Space Telescope during the STS-61 Servicing Mission. The WFPC-2 contains modified optics to correct for the aberration of the Hubble's primary mirror. The new optics will allow the telescope to tackle many of the most important scientific programs for which the it was built, but had to be temporarily shelved with the discovery of the spherical aberration in 1990.