HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE NGC602 IN OPTICAL RED, GREEN, BLUE (RGB) LIGHT.
Photo By: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (Links below).
This image (Released on Jan 8, 2007) is the same image of NGC 602 as I posted yesterday but its Hubble Space Telescope optical data only, so no Infrared or X-ray data overlays from Spitzer or Chandra. Again you are seeing a cavity being blown open in this parent nebula as the new stars within are pushing with all of their might to get a look at the universe around them and let everyone know they’re here. Just figured you would enjoy a look at the difference between the two photos. Some even prefer this one to the three telescope overlay. Personally, I think they’re both amazing and should be viewed for not just what they look like in beauty, but what they are telling us about the universe we reside within from a scientific standpoint.
NAME: NGC 602, the “Wing”.
WHAT IS IT?: A star forming region of 3 open star clusters (NGC 602a, b & c) and nebulae.
HOW BIG IS IT?: Approximately 160 light years (3 arcminutes) in diameter.
HOW FAR AWAY IS IT?: 180,000 light years distant.
APPARENT MAGNITUDE?: N/A
WHERE IS IT? (General): Located in “The Wing” region of one of the satellite galaxies to our Milky Way; The Small Magellanic Cloud Dwarf Galaxy, which is in the southern constellation Tucana.
WHERE IS IT? (Exact RA/DEC (J2000): RA 01h 29m 12.40s | Dec -73° 32′ 01.70″
NASA Hubblesite page for this image: http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/pr2007004a/npp/all/
NASA Hubblesite News Center page for this image: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2007/04/image/a/
ESA Hubble page for this image: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0702a/