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News Release 15 of 132

March 7, 2013 02:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2013-08

Hubble Finds Birth Certificate of Oldest Known Star

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: HD 140283
Object Description: Oldest Star in Solar Neighborhood
Position (J2000): R.A. 15h 43m 03s.10
Dec. -10° 56' 00".60
Constellation: Libra
Distance: 190.1 light-years (58.3 parsecs)
About the Data
Data Description:

The Hubble data were taken from HST proposals 9883, 10110, and 10480: PI: D. VandenBerg (University of Victoria), H. Bond (STScI and Pennsylvania State University), and E. Nelan (STScI).

The science team comprises H. Bond (STScI and Pennsylvania State University), E. Nelan (STScI), D. VandenBerg (University of Victoria), G. Schaefer (CHARA, Mt. Wilson Observatory), and D. Harmer (NOAO).

Instrument: Fine Guidance Sensors (FGS)
Exposure Date(s): August 2003 - March 2011
Filters: F583W (583nm)
About the Release
 Credit: NASA, ESA, H. Bond (STScI and Pennsylvania State University), E. Nelan (STScI), D. VandenBerg (University of Victoria), G. Schaefer (CHARA, Mt. Wilson Observatory), and D. Harmer (NOAO)
Release Date: March 7, 2013
Note: The image of HD 140283 used in this release was taken for the Digitized Sky Survey (DSS; STScI/AURA, Palomar/Caltech, and UKSTU/AAO). The Anglo-Australian Observatory (AAO) UK Schmidt telescope photographed the star in blue light.