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April 30, 2002 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2002-11

Hubble's New Camera Delivers Breathtaking Views of the Universe


Image: ACS ERO Collage

ACS ERO Collage

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Jubilant astronomers unveiled humankind's most spectacular views of the universe, courtesy of the newly installed Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Among the suite of four ACS photographs to demonstrate the camera's capabilities is a stunning view of a colliding galaxy dubbed the "Tadpole" (UGC10214). Set against a rich tapestry of 6,000 galaxies, the Tadpole, with its long tail of stars, looks like a runaway pinwheel firework. Another picture depicts a spectacular collision between two spiral galaxies — dubbed "The Mice" — that presages what may happen to our own Milky Way several billion years from now when it collides with the neighboring galaxy in the constellation Andromeda. Looking closer to home, ACS imaged the "Cone Nebula," a craggy-looking mountaintop of cold gas and dust that is a cousin to Hubble's iconic "pillars of creation" in the Eagle Nebula, photographed in 1995. Peering into a celestial maternity ward called the Omega Nebula or M17, ACS revealed a watercolor fantasy-world of glowing gases, where stars and perhaps embryonic planetary systems are forming.

Object Names: Cone Nebula, Tadpole Galaxy, Mice, M17

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, H. Ford (JHU), G. Illingworth (UCSC/LO), M.Clampin (STScI), G. Hartig (STScI), the ACS Science Team, and ESA

The ACS Science Team: H. Ford, G. Illingworth, M. Clampin, G. Hartig, T. Allen, K. Anderson, F. Bartko, N. Benitez, J. Blakeslee, R. Bouwens, T. Broadhurst, R. Brown, C. Burrows, D. Campbell, E. Cheng, N. Cross, P. Feldman, M. Franx, D. Golimowski, C. Gronwall, R. Kimble, J. Krist, M. Lesser, D. Magee, A. Martel, W. J. McCann, G. Meurer, G. Miley, M. Postman, P. Rosati, M. Sirianni, W. Sparks, P. Sullivan, H. Tran, Z. Tsvetanov, R. White, and R. Woodruff


The above montage includes these images:

The Tadpole Galaxy: Distorted Victim of Cosmic Collision Image Type: Astronomical The Tadpole Galaxy: Distorted Victim of Cosmic CollisionPRC2002-11a Cone Nebula (NGC 2264): Star-Forming Pillar of Gas and Dust Image Type: Astronomical Cone Nebula (NGC 2264): Star-Forming Pillar of Gas and DustPRC2002-11b The Omega Nebula: Hotbed of Star Formation Image Type: Astronomical The Omega Nebula: Hotbed of Star FormationPRC2002-11c The Mice (NGC 4676): Colliding Galaxies With Tails of Stars and Gas Image Type: Astronomical The Mice (NGC 4676): Colliding Galaxies With Tails of Stars and GasPRC2002-11d

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