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December 2, 1999 01:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1999-44

Hubble Telescope Reveals Swarm of Glittering Stars in Nearby Galaxy

Technical facts about this news release:

About this Object 
Object Name: Starfield in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)
Object Description: Starfield in a nearby galaxy
Position (J2000): R.A. 05h 38m 52s
Dec. -69D 14' 09''
Constellation: Dorado
Distance: The distance to the LMC is 51.4 kpc (168,000 light-years).

The image is 2.7 arcminutes wide. At the distance of the LMC this corresponds to a width of 130 light-years.

About the Data 
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Dates: January 31, 1996 - February 1, 1996
Exposure Time: 7 hours
Principal Astronomers:

S. Heap, E. Malumuth and P. Plait (GSFC)

About this Image 
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: December 4, 1999 1:00 a.m. (EST)
Filters: Blue: F439W (B), Green: F547W(Stromgren y), Red: F814W (I) and F1024W
Orientation: North is up, East is to the left of the image.