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September 13, 2005 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2005-25

Hubble Catches Scattered Light from the Boomerang Nebula

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Boomerang Nebula, ESO 172- 7
Object Description: Bipolar Reflection Nebula
Position (J2000): R.A. 12h 44m 46s.10
Dec. -54° 31' 12"
Constellation: Centaurus
Distance: About 5,000 light-years (1,500 parsecs)
Dimensions: This image is 1.1 arcminutes (1.6 light-years or 0.5 parsecs) across. The nebula has a semi-major axis of roughly 1 light-year (or 0.3 parsecs).
About the Data
Data Description: This image was created from HST calibration proposal: 10378: J.Biretta, R. Lucas and V. Platais (STScI).
Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): January - May 2005
Exposure Time: 1.3 hours
Filters: F606W(V), [F606W(V) + POL0V], [F606W(V) + POL60V], [F606W(V) + POL120V]
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: September 13, 2005
Orientation: Scattered Light from the Boomerang Nebula