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April 24, 2001 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2001-12

By Popular Demand: Hubble Observes the Horsehead Nebula

Technical facts about this news release:

About this Object 
Object Name: Horsehead Nebula; Barnard 33
Object Description: Dark Nebula
Position (J2000): R.A. 05h 40m 59.00s
Dec. -02° 27' 30.0"
Constellation: Orion
Distance: About 490 pc (1,600 light-years)

The image is roughly 0.67 pc (2.2 light-years) in the horizontal dimension.

About the Data 
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Dates: August/September 2000; January/February 2001
Exposure Time: 4.6 hours

F439W (B), F555W (V), F656N (Ha), F814W (I)

Principal Astronomers:

K. Noll (Hubble Heritage PI), C. Luginbuhl (USNO), F. Hamilton, H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, Z. Levay (Hubble Heritage Team, STScI), J. English (U. Manitoba), R. Whitaker (St. Andrews, U.K.).

About this Image 
Image Credit: NASA, NOAO, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: April 24, 2001 9:00 a.m. (EDT)
Orientation: The Horsehead Nebula