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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"

Constellation:

Centaurus

Distance:

About 1,800 pc (5,900 light-years)  

Dimensions:

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

Note:

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).

Instrument:

WFPC2

Exposure Dates:

February 7, 1999; February 11, 2001

Exposure Time:

51 minutes  

Filters:

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

Orientation/Scale: