New stars shed light on the past

This image depicts bright blue newly formed stars that are blowing a cavity in the centre of a fascinating star-forming region known as N90.

The high energy radiation blazing out from the hot young stars in N90 is eroding the outer portions of the nebula from the inside, as the diffuse outer reaches of the nebula prevent the energetic outflows from streaming away from the cluster directly. Because N90 is located far from the central body of the Small Magellanic Cloud, numerous background galaxies in this picture can be seen, delivering a grand backdrop for the stellar newcomers. The dust in the region gives these distant galaxies a reddish-brown tint.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:heic0702a
Type:Observation
Release date:8 January 2007, 18:20
Related releases:heic0702
Size:3659 x 3749 px

About the Object

Name:N90, NGC 602
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
• Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:200000 light years

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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
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Hubble Space Telescope
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H-alpha + Nii
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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