Star-Forming Region in Galaxy NGC 2366

Clusters of stars and a fishhook-shaped cloud of luminescent gases glow brilliantly in NGC 2363, a giant star-forming region in the Magellanic galaxy NGC 2366.

The brightest star visible on this image (at the tip of the fishhook) is a rare class called an erupting Luminous Blue Variable (LBV). This monstrous star (30 to 60 times as massive as the Sun) is in a very unstable, eruptive phase of its life.

Credit:

Laurent Drissen, Jean-Rene Roy and Carmelle Robert (Department de Physique and Observatoire du mont Megantic, Universite Laval) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:opo9631b
Type:Observation
Release date:11 October 1996, 06:00
Size:901 x 821 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 2363
Type:Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:13 million light years
Constellation:Camelopardalis
Category:Nebulae

Coordinates

Position (RA):7 28 43.08
Position (Dec):69° 11' 22.17"
Field of view:0.34 x 0.31 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
B
469 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
B
439 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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