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About this Object

Object Name:

NGC 3324

Object Description:

Star-forming region in the Carina Nebula

Position (J2000):

R.A. 10h 36m 59s
Dec. -58° 37' 00"




7,200 light-years (2.2 kiloparsecs)


This image is roughly 6.5 arcminutes (13.5 light-years or 4 parsecs) wide.
About the Data

Science Team:

This image was created from HST data from proposals 10475: N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), J. Bally University of Colorado, Boulder), N. Walborn (STScI), and J. Morse (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) and 11800: K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, Z. Levay, M. Mutchler, and W. Januszewski (Hubble Heritage Team/STScI), A. Bowers (Baltimore, MD) and N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley).


ACS: F658N (H-alpha+[N II])
WFPC2: F502N ([O III]) and F673N ([S II])

Exposure Date:

March 2006 and July 2008

Exposure Time:

2 hours
About this Image

Image Credit:

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

Release Date:

October 2, 2008


The image is a composite of separate exposures made by the ACS and WFPC2 instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope. Three filters were used to sample narrow wavelength ranges. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic image. In this case, the assigned colors are:

WFPC2 F673N ([S II]) blue
ACS F658N (H-alpha+[N II]) green
WFPC2 F502N ([O III]) red


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