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March 2, 2000 01:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2000-10

Hubble Takes a Close-up View of a Reflection Nebula in Orion

Technical facts about this news release:

About this Object 
Object Name: NGC 1999
Object Description: Reflection Nebula in Orion
Position (J2000): R.A. 05h 36m 25s
Dec. -06° 43' 05''
Constellation: Orion
Distance: The distance to NGC 1999 is 460 pc (~1500 light-years).
Diameter: The diameter of the entire nebula is 0.9 light-years.

This image of a portion of the nebula around the central star is 75 arcseconds (roughly 0.55 light-years) along the horizontal side.

About the Data 
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date: January 21, 2000
Exposure Time: 46 minutes
Filters: F450W (Wide B), F555W (V), F675W (R)
Principal Astronomers:

Hubble Heritage Team: K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, J. English, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, Z. Levay (STScI/AURA)

C. R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University), T. P. Ray (Dublin Inst. for Advanced Study), and David Corcoran (University of Limerick)

About this Image 
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: March 2, 2000 1:00 a.m. EST
Orientation: North is to the top right, East is to the top left of the image.