Visible and Infrared Comparison of NGC 2174

This image compares two views of the same detailed area in the star-forming nebula NGC 2174 from the Hubble Space Telescope. On the left is a visible-light image made by WFPC2 observations taken in 2001 — and released in 2011 — and on the right is an image made by the WFC3 infrared camera. Infrared light penetrates more dust and gas than visible light, allowing details to become visible. A jet of material from a newly forming star is visible in one of the pillars, just above and left of centre in the right-hand image. Several galaxies are seen in the infrared view, much more distant than the columns of dust and gas.

Credit:

NASA and ESA
Acknowledgment: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and J. Hester

About the Image

Id:heic1406c
Type:Collage
Release date:17 March 2014, 10:00
Related releases:heic1406
Size:4320 x 2246 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 2174
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Distance:6500 light years
Category:Nebulae

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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
Oii
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
Y
1.05 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
J
1.25 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
Sii
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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