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January 9, 2003 12:19 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2003-03

Hubble Probes the Heart of a Nearby Quasar

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: 3C 273
Object Description: Quasar
Position (J2000): R.A. 12h 29m 06.69s
Dec. +02° 03' 08.6"
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 1.9 billion light-years (580 megaparsecs)
Dimensions: The ACS image is roughly 30 arcseconds (275 kly or 85 kiloparsecs) in width.
About the Data
Instrument: WFPC2 ACS/HRC (coronagraph)
Exposure Date(s): June 4, 1994 July 19/20, 2002
Exposure Time: 30 minutes 4 hours
Filters: F606W (V) F475W (g), F502N ([O III]), F606W (V), F814W (I)
Principal Astronomers:

WFPC2 data: J. Bahcall (IAS)

ACS science team: H.C. Ford (JHU), G.D. Illingworth (UCO/Lick Observatory), N. Benitez (JHU), M. Clampin (STScI), G.F. Hartig (STScI), D.R. Ardila (JHU), F. Bartko (Bartko Science & Technology), J.P. Blakeslee (JHU), R.J. Bouwens (UCO/Lick Obs.), T.J. Broadhurst (Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University), R.A. Brown (STScI), C.J. Burrows (STScI), E.S. Cheng (NASA-GSFC), N.J.G. Cross (JHU), P.D. Feldman (JHU), M. Franx (Leiden Observatory), D.A.Golimowski (JHU), C. Gronwall (PSU), L. Infante (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile), R.A. Kimble (NASA GSFC), J.E. Krist (STScI), M.P. Lesser (Steward Obs.), A.R. Martel (JHU), F. Menanteau (JHU), G.R. Meurer (JHU), G.K. Miley (Leiden Obs.), M. Postman (STScI), P. Rosati (ESO), M. Sirianni (JHU), W.B. Sparks (STScI), H.D. Tran (JHU), Z.I. Tsvetanov (JHU), R.L. White (STScI/JHU), and W. Zheng (JHU)
About the Image
Image Credit:

For WFPC2 image: NASA and J. Bahcall (IAS)

For ACS image: NASA, A. Martel (JHU), H. Ford (JHU), M. Clampin (STScI), G. Hartig (STScI), G. Illingworth (UCO/Lick Observatory), the ACS Science Team and ESA
Release Date: January 9, 2003
Orientation: Nearby Quasar 3C 273