Hubble finds infant stars in neighbouring galaxy

The exquisite sharpness of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has plucked out an underlying population of infant stars embedded in the nebula NGC 346 that are still forming from gravitationally collapsing gas clouds. They have not yet ignited their hydrogen fuel to sustain nuclear fusion. The smallest of these infant stars is only half the mass of our Sun.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and A. Nota (STScI/ESA)

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:heic0502a
Type:Observation
Release date:12 January 2005, 20:00
Related releases:heic0502
Size:6555 x 6995 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 346
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Star Clusters Images/Videos
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:200000 light years
Constellation:Tucana

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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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