Visible View of Pillar and Jets HH 901/902

Stsci_2010-13c_1024

stsci_2010-13c April 22nd, 2010

Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

This NASA's Hubble Space Telescope photograph captures the chaotic activity atop a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars. This cosmic pinnacle lies within a tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7,500 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina. Infant stars buried inside the pillar fire off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from towering peaks. Nestled inside this dense mountain are fledgling stars. Scorching radiation and fast winds (streams of charged particles) from the hot newborn stars in the nebula are shaping and compressing the pillar, causing more new stars to form within it. Streamers of hot ionized gas can be seen flowing off the ridges of the structure, and wispy veils of dust, illuminated by starlight, float around its peaks. The pillar is resisting being eroded by radiation from nearby hot stars.

Provider: Space Telescope Science Institute

Image Source: https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2010/news-2010-13

Curator: STScI, Baltimore, MD, USA

Image Use Policy: http://hubblesite.org/copyright/

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
HH 901 HH 902
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Appearance > Emission
Nebula > Type > Jet

Distance

Universescale1
7,500 light years
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 44m 4.7s
DEC = -59° 30’ 6.4”
Orientation
North is 165.4° CCW
Field of View
1.7 x 2.3 arcminutes
Constellation
Carina

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Hubble (WFC3) Optical ([O III]) 502.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFC3) Optical (Halpha+[N II]) 657.0 nm
Red Hubble (WFC3) Optical ([S II]) 673.0 nm
February 1-2, 2010
Spectrum_base
Blue
Green
Red
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ID
2010-13c
Subject Category
B.4.2.1   B.4.1.5  
Subject Name
HH 901, HH 902
Credits
NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)
Release Date
2010-04-22T00:00:00
Lightyears
7,500
Redshift
7,500
Reference Url
https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2010/news-2010-13
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
7,500 light-years (2,300 parsecs)
Facility
Hubble, Hubble, Hubble
Instrument
WFC3, WFC3, WFC3
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
[O III], Halpha+[N II], [S II]
Central Wavelength
502, 657, 673
Start Time
2010-02-02T00:00:00, 2010-02-02T00:00:00, 2010-02-02T00:00:00
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
F
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
161.0195468, -59.5017797
Reference Dimension
2548.0, 3528.0
Reference Pixel
1275.0, 1765.0
Scale
-1.10268e-05, 1.1026817e-05
Rotation
165.39
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
WCS retrieved using CXCs PinpointWCS
Creator (Curator)
STScI
URL
http://hubblesite.org
Name
Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public Outreach
Email
outreach@stsci.edu
Telephone
410-338-4444
Address
3700 San Martin Drive
City
Baltimore
State/Province
MD
Postal Code
21218
Country
USA
Rights
http://hubblesite.org/copyright/
Publisher
STScI
Publisher ID
stsci
Resource ID
STSCI-H-p1013c-f-2548x3528.tif
Resource URL
https://mast.stsci.edu/api/latest/Download/file?uri=mast:OPO/product/STSCI-H-p1013c-f-2548x3528.tif
Related Resources
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2010/13
Metadata Date
2022-07-06T00:00:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
7,500 light years