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News Release 500 of 967

August 7, 2003 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2003-21

Too Close for Comfort

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: NGC 6397
Object Description: Globular Cluster
Position (J2000): R.A. 17h 40m 41s.36
Dec. -53° 40' 25".3
Constellation: Ara
Distance: 8,200 light-years (2.5 kiloparsecs)
Dimensions: This image is roughly 2 arcminutes (3.8 light-years or 1.2 parsecs) wide.
About the Data
Data Description: These images were created from HST data from the following proposals: 9313: K. Noll (STScI), A. Cool (SFSU), J. Anderson (Rice), I. King (U. Washington), L. Frattare, H. Bond, C. Christian, F. Hamilton, Z. Levay, T. Royle (STScI); 7335: J. Grindlay (Harvard U.), A. Cool (SFSU), C. Bailyn (Yale U.), H. Cohn and P. Lugger (Indiana U.); and 5929: I. King (U. Washington), A. Cool (SFSU), C. Sosin (UCB), H. Cohn and P. Lugger (Indiana U.), J. Grindlay (Harvard U.), P. Callanan (UCC), and C. Bailyn (Yale U.). Significant contributions to the science were also made by A. Bolton (MIT), J. Taylor (Harvard U.), and P. Edmonds (CfA).
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): March 6/7, 1996; April 3/4 1999; November 4, 2001
Exposure Time: 7 hours
Filters: F336W(I), F439(B), F814W(U)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: August 7, 2003
Orientation: Too Close for Comfort