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June 13, 2006 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-26

Hubble Eyes Star Birth in the Extreme

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Arp 220
Object Description: Active Galaxy
Position (J2000): R.A. 15h 34m 57s.21
Dec. +23° 30' 9".5
Constellation: Serpens
Distance: 250 million light-years (77 Megaparsecs)
Dimensions: This image is roughly 24 arcseconds (29,000 light-years or 8,900 parsecs) wide.
About the Data
Data Description: This image was created from HST data from proposal 9396: C. Wilson, S. Brooks, and W. Harris (McMaster University), and N. Scoville (California Institute of Technology).
Instrument: ACS/HRC
Exposure Date(s): August 11, 2002
Exposure Time: 6.6 hours
Filters: F435W(B), F555W(V), F814W(I)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and C. Wilson (McMaster University)
Release Date: June 13, 2006
Color: This image is a composite of many separate exposures made by the ACS instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope using several different filters. Three filters were used to sample broad wavelength ranges. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic image. In this case, the assigned colors are:
F814W (I) red
F555W (V) green
F435W (B) blue
Orientation/Scale: Super Star Clusters in Dust-Enshrouded Galaxy