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April 24, 2003 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2003-13

Hubble Captures a Perfect Storm of Turbulent Gases

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Video: Zoom into M17

Running Time: 30 seconds

This is a zoom into the M17. The final zoom image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, captures a small region within M17, a hotbed of star formation. M17, also known as the Omega or Swan Nebula, is located about 5,500 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius. The image is being released to commemorate the thirteenth anniversary of Hubble's launch on April 24, 1990.

The image, roughly 3 light-years across, was taken May 29-30, 1999, with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. The colors in the image represent various gases. Red represents sulfur; green, hydrogen; and blue, oxygen.

Credit: NASA and L. Barranger (STScI)