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January 9, 2006 10:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-03

Mystery Solved: High-Energy Fireworks Linked to Massive Star Cluster

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About the Object
Object Name: Massive Star Cluster in the Milky Way
Object Description: R.A. 18h 38m
Dec. -06° 48'
Constellation: Scutum
Distance: 18,900 light-years (5,800 parsecs)
About the Data
Data Description: The science team that studied the star cluster consists of Don Figer, Space Telescope Science Institute/Rochester Institute of Techology; John MacKenty, Massimo Robberto, and Kester Smith, Space Telescope Science Institute; Francisco Najarro, Instituto de Estructura de la Materia in Madrid, Spain: Rolf Kudritzki, University of Hawaii in Honolulu; and Artemio Herrero, Universidad de La Laguna in Tenerife, Spain.
Instrument: 2MASS Spitzer
Exposure Date(s): July 4, 1999 April 4, 2004
Filters: J 1.25m blue
H 1.65m green
K 2.2m red
IRAC 1 3.6m blue
IRAC 2 4.5m green
IRAC 3 8.0m red
About the Image
Image Credit:

NASA/JPL-Caltech, D. Figer (Space Telescope Science Institute/Rochester Institute of Technology), E. Churchwell (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and the GLIMPSE Legacy Team.

Credit for Spitzer image: NASA/JPL-Caltech, D. Figer (Space Telescope Science Institute/Rochester Institute of Technology), and the GLIMPSE Legacy Team of E. Churchwell, B. Babler, M. Meade, and B. Whitney (University of Wisconsin, Madison), R. Indebetouw (University of Virginia), et al.

Credit for 2MASS image: NASA/NSF/2MASS/UMass/IPAC-Caltech and D. Figer (Space Telescope Science Institute/Rochester Institute of Technology)

Release Date: January 9, 2006