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.
About the Image
|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|
• Nebulae Images/Videos
|Distance:||3000 light years|
Colours & filters
|1.1 μm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|1.6 μm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|2.2 μm||Hubble Space Telescope|
Notes: Observational information refers to the right image, the left image was captured by a ground-based telescope.