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News Release 399 of 1051

October 2, 2007 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2007-34

Star Cluster Bursts into Life in New Hubble Image

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: NGC 3603
Object Description: Giant star-forming nebula with masive young stellar clusters
Position (J2000): R.A. 11h 15m 9s.10
Dec. -61° 16' 17".00
Constellation: Carina
Distance: Approximately 20,000 light-years (6,100 parsecs) away.
Dimensions: This image is roughly 3 arcminutes (17 light-years or 5 parsecs) wide.
About the Data
Data Description: The Hubble image was created from HST data from proposal 10602: J. Maíz Apellániz (Astronomical Institution of Andalucía, Spain), N. Walborn and E. Nelan (STScI), N. Morrell (Carnegie Institution of Washington), and V. Niemela (National University of La Plata, Argentina).
Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): December 29, 2005
Exposure Time: 34 minutes
Filters: F435W (B), F550M (V), and F850LP (SDSS z)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration
Release Date: October 2, 2007

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:

F435W (B) blue
F550M (V) green
F850LP (SDSS z) red


Orientation/Scale: Star Cluster Bursts into Life in New Hubble Image