A Mote in Hubble's Eye

On April 6, 1994 the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was performing a detailed study of the Sun's nearest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri, using the Fine Guidance Sensors to search for small deviations in the position of Proxima Centauri that could reveal the presence of an unseen planetary companion.

Rather than sit idle while this study went on, the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) was activated using the observing strategy set out in a program initiated by Dr. Ed Groth (Princeton University) designed to make use of this otherwise wasted time.

The image captured by this WFPC2 parallel observation is a typical Milky Way star field in the constellation Centaurus. Such images can be used to study the evolution of stars that make up our galaxy.

Credit:

Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA/ESA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9908a
Type:Observation
Release date:4 March 1999, 06:00
Size:1492 x 1507 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 14260-6227, Proxima Centauri
Type:• Milky Way : Star
• Milky Way : Sky Phenomenon : Night Sky : Trail
• X - Stars Images/Videos

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606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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