Hubble Camera Resumes Science Operation With Picture Of 'Butterfly' In Space

The Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2(WFPC2) is back at work, capturing this black-and-white image of the 'butterfly wing'-shaped nebula, NGC 2346. The nebula is about 2, 000 light-years away from Earth in the direction of the constellation Monoceros. It represents the spectacular 'last gasp' of a binary star system at the nebula's center.

Credit:

Massimo Stiavelli (STScI), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9707a
Type:Observation
Release date:14 March 1997, 15:00
Size:1371 x 1407 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 07068-0043, NGC 2346
Type:• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Constellation:Monoceros


Image Formats

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Screensize JPEG
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Coordinates

Position (RA):7 9 23.18
Position (Dec):0° 48' 19.25"
Field of view:2.27 x 2.34 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 37.3° left of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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