The star cluster Westerlund 2

This image shows the sparkling centerpiece of Hubble's 25th anniversary tribute. Westerlund 2 is a giant cluster of about 3000 stars located 20 000 light-years away in the constellation Carina.

Hubble's near-infrared imaging camera pierces through the dusty veil enshrouding the stellar nursery, giving astronomers a clear view of the dense concentration of stars in the central cluster.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team

About the Image

Id:heic1509c
Type:Observation
Release date:23 April 2015, 15:15
Related releases:heic1509
Size:3000 x 2000 px

About the Object

Name:Westerlund 2
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Binary
Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission
Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Distance:20000 light years
Constellation:Carina
Category:Nebulae
Star Clusters

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Coordinates

Position (RA):10 24 5.36
Position (Dec):-57° 45' 33.86"
Field of view:3.12 x 2.08 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 27.7° right of vertical

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