NICMOS uncovers dust layers to show inner region of dusty nebula (NICMOS image)
The revived Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) aboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has penetrated dust layers in a star-forming cloud to uncover a dense, craggy edifice of dust and gas.
This NICMOS image shows the Cone Nebula (NGC 2264), so named because, in ground-based images, it has a conical shape. NICMOS enables the Hubble telescope to see near-infrared wavelengths of light, so that it can penetrate the dust that obscures the nebula's inner regions. However, the Cone is so dense even the near-infrared 'eyes' of NICMOS cannot penetrate all the way through it.
The human eye cannot see infrared light so colours have been assigned to correspond to near-infrared wavelengths. The blue light represents shorter near-infrared wavelengths and the red light corresponds to longer wavelengths.
The NICMOS colour composite image was made by combining photographs taken through J-band, H-band, and Paschen-alpha filters. The NICMOS images were taken on 11 May 2002.
About the Image
|Release date:||5 June 2002, 15:00|
|Size:||1116 x 1236 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Cone Nebula, NGC 2264|
|Type:||• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region|
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
|Distance:||3000 light years|
|Position (RA):||4 29 0.31|
|Position (Dec):||46° 56' 28.98"|
|Field of view:||3.75 x 4.08 arcminutes|
|Orientation:||North is 0.0° left of vertical|
Colours & filters
|1.1 μm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|1.6 μm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|1.87 μm||Hubble Space Telescope|