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September 9, 2009 11:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2009-25

Hubble Opens New Eyes on the Universe

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Image: Hubble Servicing Mission 4 Early Release Observations

Hubble Servicing Mission 4 Early Release Observations

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ABOUT THIS IMAGE:

These four images are among the first observations made by the new Wide Field Camera 3 aboard the upgraded NASA Hubble Space Telescope.

The image at top left shows NGC 6302, a butterfly-shaped nebula surrounding a dying star. At top right is a picture of a clash among members of a galactic grouping called Stephan's Quintet. The image at bottom left gives viewers a panoramic portrait of a colorful assortment of 100,000 stars residing in the crowded core of Omega Centauri, a giant globular cluster. At bottom right, an eerie pillar of star birth in the Carina Nebula rises from a sea of greenish-colored clouds.

Object Names: NGC 6302, Stephan's Quintet, Omega Centauri, Jet in Carina

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Technical facts about this image:

About NGC 6302
Butterfly Emerges from Stellar Demise in Planetary Nebula NGC 6302
Object Name: NGC 6302 (Butterfly Nebula, Bug Nebula)
Object Description: Planetary Nebula
Position (J2000): R.A. 17h 13m 43s.3
Dec. -37° 06' 10"
Distance: 3,800 light-years (1,200 parsecs)
Constellation: Scorpius
Data Description: The Hubble images were created from data from proposal 11504: K. Noll and H. Bond (STScI) and B. Balick (University of Washington).
Instrument: WFC3/UVIS
Exposure Date(s): July 27, 2009
Exposure Time: 1.5 hours
Filters: F373N ([O II]), F469N (He II), F502N ([O III]), F656N (H-alpha), F658N ([N II]), and F673N ([S II])

 

About Jet in Carina
Object Name: Jet in Carina
Object Description: Stellar Jet/Young Stellar Object
Position (J2000): R.A. 10h 43m 51s.30
Dec. -59° 55' 21".0
Constellation: Carina
Distance: 7,500 light-years (2,300 parsecs)
Dimensions: This image is 3 arcminutes (6.6 light-years or 2.0 parsecs) wide.
Data Description: The Hubble images were created from data from proposal 11501: K. Noll (STScI), C. Proffitt (STScI/CSC), D. Leckrone and M. Niedner (NASA/GSFC), and M. Livio and Z. Levay (STScI).
Instrument: WFC3/IR and WFC3/UVIS
Exposure Date(s): July 24-30, 2009
Exposure Time: 8.4 hours
Filters: WFC3/IR: F126N ([Fe II]) and F164N ([Fe II]) WFC3/UVIS: F280N (Mg II), F502N ([O III]), F656N (H-alpha), and F673N ([S II])

 

About Omega Centauri
Object Name: Omega Centauri (NGC 5139)
Object Description: Globular Star Cluster
Position (J2000): R.A. 13h 26m 45s.9
Dec. -47° 28' 37"
Constellation: Centaurus
Distance: 16,000 light-years or 4,800 parsecs
Data Description: The Hubble images were created from data from the calibration proposal 11452: E. Sabbi, J. Kim Quijano, and L. Dressel (STScI).
Instrument: WFC3/UVIS
Exposure Date(s): July 15, 2009
Exposure Time: 2.7 hours
Filters: F225W (U), F275W (U), F336W (U), F438W (B), F606W (V), and F814W (I)

 

About Stephan's Quintet
Galactic Wreckage in Stephan's Quintet
Object Name: Stephan's Quintet (HCG 92)
Object Description: Interacting Galaxy Group
Position (J2000): R.A. 22h 35m 57s.51
Dec. +33° 57' 35".68
Constellation: Pegasus
Distance: Stephan's Quintet is 290 million light-years (90 million parsecs) away. NGC 7320, superposed in the foreground, is 40 million light-years (12 million parsecs) away.
Data Description: The Hubble images were created from data from proposal 11502: K. Noll and M. Livio (STScI), D. Leckrone and M. Niedner (NASA/GSFC), and Z. Levay and M. Mutchler (STScI).
Instrument: WFC3/IR and WFC3/UVIS
Exposure Date(s): July/August 2009
Exposure Time: 17 hours
Filters: WFC3/IR: F140W (J-H)
WFC3/UVIS: F438W (B), F606W (V), F657N (H-alpha + [N II]), F665N (H-alpha + [N II]), and F814W (I)

NEWS RELEASE IMAGES

The above montage includes these images:

NGC 6302 Image Type: Astronomical NGC 6302 Stephan's Quintet Image Type: Astronomical Stephan's Quintet Omega Centauri Image Type: Astronomical Omega Centauri Jet in Carina Image Type: Astronomical Jet in Carina

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