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March 14, 1997 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1997-07

Hubble Camera Resumes Science Operation with Picture of "Butterfly" in Space

An Early Release Observation Release

March 14, 1997: The Hubble telescope is back at work, capturing this view of the butterfly-wing-shaped nebula, NGC 2346.

The nebula is about 2,000 light-years away from Earth in the direction of the constellation Monoceros. It represents the spectacular "last gasp" of a double-star system at the nebula's center. The image was taken March 6, 1997 as part of the re-commissioning of Hubble's previously installed scientific instruments following a successful servicing mission.


Credit: Massimo Stiavelli (STScI), and NASA