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About this Object

Object Name:

Thackeray's Globules in IC 2944

Object Description:

Dark clouds in the HII star-forming region, IC 2944

Position (J2000):

R.A. 11h 38m 23s
Dec. -63 20' 41.5"




About 1,800 pc (5,900 light-years)  


The largest cloud is a transposition of two overlapping clouds, each approximately 50 arcseconds in length. At the distance of IC 2944, these dimensions correspond to lengths of ~ 1.4 light-years.

About the Data


This image was created from WFPC2 archival data from the science programs by B. Reipurth (Prop. 7381) and from recently executed observations by the Hubble Heritage Team (K. Noll; Prop. 8887).



Exposure Dates:

February 7, 1999; February 11, 2001

Exposure Time:

51 minutes  


F439W (B), F555W (V), F656N (H-alpha), F675W (R)

Principal Astronomers:

B. Reipurth (University of Hawaii), S. Heathcote (CTIO, Chile), and A. Raga from UNAM (Mexico)

The Hubble Heritage Team: K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, J. Lee, Z. Levay, T. Royle (STScI)

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

January 3, 2002