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About this Object

Object Name:

NGC 3603

Object Description:

Giant star-forming nebula with masive young stellar clusters

Position (J2000):

R.A. 11h 15m 9s.10
Dec. -61° 16' 17".00

Constellation:

Carina

Distance:

Approximately 20,000 light-years (6,100 parsecs) away.

Dimensions:

This image is roughly 3 arcminutes (17 light-years or 5 parsecs) wide.

About the Data

Data Description:

The Hubble image was created from HST data from proposal 10602: J. Maíz Apellániz (Institute of Astrophysics of Andalucía, Spain), N. Walborn and E. Nelan (STScI), N. Morrell (Carnegie Institution of Washington), and V. Niemela (National University of La Plata, Argentina).

Instrument:

ACS/WFC

Filters:

F435W ( B ), F550M ( V ), and F850LP (SDSS z )

Exposure Date:

December 29, 2005

Exposure Time:

34 minutes

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Release Date:

October 2, 2007

Color:

This image is a composite of many separate exposures made by the ACS instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope using several different filters. Three filters were used to sample broad wavelength ranges. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic image. In this case, the assigned colors are:

F435W ( B )

blue

F550M ( V )

green

F850LP (SDSS z )

red

Orientation/Scale: