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NGC 281:
A WIYNning Image

NGC 281 is a busy region of star formation. It holds a centralized cluster of hot blue stars, Bok globules of dust and gas, and lanes of obscuring dust overtop the bright red hydrogen emission. NGC 281 lies roughly 9,500 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Cassiopeia.

This wide-field view of the star-forming region NGC 281 was taken with the WIYN 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, AZ.


Credit: T.A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage and WIYN/AURA/NSFLinks to the NOAO image release of NGC 281.

Bok Globules in Halpha

Roll over the center of the ground-based image of NGC 281
to view HST ACS overlays of the Bok Globules.

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom...

Watch an animation zooming in from ground-based images of NGC 281 to the Hubble Heritage image of the Bok globules.

Zoom around the Hubble image of NGC 281's Bok globules.

Rancho Del Sol Observatory Image of NGC 281

Image courtesy of K. Crawford (Camino, CA)