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January 3, 2002 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2002-01

Thackeray's Globules in IC 2944

Technical facts about this news release:

About this Object 
Object Name: Thackeray's Globules in IC 2944
Object Type: Dark clouds in the HII star-forming region, IC 2944
Position (J2000): R.A. 11h 38m 23s
Dec. -63° 20' 41.5"
Constellation: Centaurus
Distance: About 1,800 pc (5,900 light-years)

The largest cloud is a transposition of two overlapping clouds, each approximately 50 arcseconds in length. At the distance of IC 2944, these dimensions correspond to lengths of ~ 1.4 light-years.

About the Data
Note: This image was created from WFPC2 archival data from the science programs by B. Reipurth (Prop. 7381) and from recently executed observations by the Hubble Heritage Team (K. Noll; Prop. 8887).
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Dates: February 7, 1999; February 11, 2001
Exposure Time: 51 minutes
Filters: F439W (B), F555W (V), F656N (H-alpha), F675W (R)
Principal Astronomers:

B. Reipurth (University of Hawaii), S. Heathcote (CTIO, Chile), and A. Raga from UNAM (Mexico)

The Hubble Heritage Team: K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, J. Lee, Z. Levay, T. Royle (STScI)

About this Image 
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: January 3, 2002
Orientation/Scale: Thackeray's Globules: Dense, Opaque Dust Clouds in Star-Forming Region IC 2944