NGC 2074 imaged by Hubble on 100 000th orbit milestone

In commemoration of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope completing its 100 000th orbit around the Earth in its 18th year of exploration and discovery, scientists have aimed Hubble to take a snapshot of a dazzling region of celestial birth and renewal. Hubble peered into a small portion of the nebula near the star cluster NGC 2074 (upper, left). The region is a firestorm of raw stellar creation, perhaps triggered by a nearby supernova explosion. It lies about 170 000 light-years away near the Tarantula nebula, one of the most active star-forming regions in our Local Group of galaxies. This representative colour image was taken on 10 August, 2008, with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. Red shows emission from sulphur atoms, green from glowing hydrogen, and blue from glowing oxygen.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and M. Livio (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:heic0816a
Type:Observation
Release date:11 August 2008, 07:00
Related releases:heic0816
Size:1502 x 1482 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 2074
Type:• Local Universe : Nebula
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:170000 light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
OIII
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
SII
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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