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December 6, 2001 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2001-39

A Giant Star Factory in Neighboring Galaxy NGC 6822

Technical facts about this news release:

About this Object 
Object Name: Hubble-V in NGC 6822
Object Description: Gas Cloud in Galaxy NGC 6822
Position (J2000): R.A. 19h 44m 50s
Dec. -14° 43' 49"
Constellation: Sagittarius
Distance: About 500 kpc (1.63 million light-years)

The cloud diameter is roughly 25 arcseconds. At the distance of NGC 6822, this is corresponds to approximately 200 light-years (60 parsecs).

About the Data
Note: This image was created from WFPC2 archival data from the science programs by C.R.O'Dell (Prop. 6159). Data were also taken from the HST program by L. Bianchi (Prop. 6567).
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Dates: June 18, 1996; August 2, 1997
Exposure Time: 3.4 hours

Prop. 6159: F300W (U), F487N (H-beta), F502N ([O III]), F547M (Strömgren y), F656N (H-alpha), F658N ([N II])
Prop. 6567: F555W (V)

Principal Astronomers:

C.R.O'Dell (Vanderbilt University), P.W. Hodge (University of Washington), R.C. Kennicutt (University of Arizona)

L. Bianchi (JHU and Osservatorio Astronomico, Torinese, Italy), S. Scuderi (Osservatorio Astrofisico, Catania, Italy), P. Massey (Lowell Obs.), M. Romaniello (ESO).

About this Image 
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: December 6, 2001
Orientation/Scale: A Giant Star Factory in Neighboring Galaxy NGC 6822