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Visible and Infrared Comparison of NGC 2174

Visible and Infrared Comparison of NGC 2174

Date: 16 March 2014
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: NGC 2174
Copyright: NASA and ESA
Acknowledgment: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and J. Hester

This image compares two views of the same detailed area in the star-forming nebula NGC 2174 from the Hubble Space Telescope. On the left is a visible-light image made by WFPC2 observations taken in 2001 – and released in 2011 – and on the right is an image made by the WFC3 infrared camera. Infrared light penetrates more dust and gas than visible light, allowing details to become visible. A jet of material from a newly forming star is visible in one of the pillars, just above and left of centre in the right-hand image. Several galaxies are seen in the infrared view, much more distant than the columns of dust and gas.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
20-Jul-2024 03:11 UT

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