The Cone Nebula NGC 2264

The Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer(NICMOS) has peered into the Cone Nebula, revealing a stunning image of six baby sun-like stars surrounding their mother, a bright, massive star. Known as NGC 2264 IRS, the massive star triggered the creation of these baby stars by releasing high-speed particles of dust and gas during its formative years.

Credit:

Rodger Thompson, Marcia Rieke and Glenn Schneider (University of Arizona), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9716a
Type:Collage
Release date:9 June 1997, 18:45
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:Cone Nebula, NGC 2264
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:3000 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
K
2.2 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS

Notes: Observational information refers to the right image, the left image was captured by a ground-based telescope.


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