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News Release 118 of 1051

March 17, 2014 05:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2014-18

Hubble Celebrates Its 24th Anniversary with an Infrared Look at a Nearby Star Factory


Image: Visible and Infrared Comparison of NGC 2174

Visible and Infrared Comparison of NGC 2174

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This graphic compares visible-light and infrared views of the same detailed area in the star-forming nebula NGC 2174 from the Hubble Space Telescope. On the left is a visible-light image made by WFPC2 in 2001 and on the right is an image made by the WFC3 infrared camera. Infrared light penetrates more dust and gas than visible light, allowing main details to become visible. A jet of material from a newly forming star is visible in one of the pillars, just above and left of center in the right-hand image. Several galaxies are seen in the infrared view, much more distant than the columns of dust and gas.

Object Names: NGC 2174, Monkey Head Nebula, Sharpless Sh2-252

Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated

Credit: NASA and ESA

Acknowledgment: The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) and J. Hester


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