Upgraded Hubble Telescope Opens New Eyes on the Universe

September 9, 2009

(ChattahBox) — These four images are among the first observations made by the new Wide Field Camera 3 aboard the upgraded NASA Hubble Space Telescope.

About the Images:

The image at top left shows NGC 6302, a butterfly-shaped nebula surrounding a dying star. At top right is a picture of a clash among members of a galactic grouping called Stephan’s Quintet. The image at bottom left gives viewers a panoramic portrait of a colorful assortment of 100,000 stars residing in the crowded core of Omega Centauri, a giant globular cluster. At bottom right, an eerie pillar of star birth in the Carina Nebula rises from a sea of greenish-colored clouds.

Object Names: NGC 6302, Stephan’s Quintet, Omega Centauri, Jet in Carina

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team


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