Extreme star cluster bursts into life in new Hubble image

The star-forming region NGC 3603 - seen here in the latest Hubble Space Telescope image - contains one of the most impressive massive young star clusters in the Milky Way. Bathed in gas and dust the cluster formed in a huge rush of star formation thought to have occurred around a million years ago. The hot blue stars at the core are responsible for carving out a huge cavity in the gas seen to the right of the star cluster in NGC 3603's centre.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:heic0715a
Type:Observation
Release date:2 October 2007, 15:00
Related releases:heic0715
Size:3885 x 3904 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 3603
Type:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Distance:20000 light years
Constellation:Carina
Category:Nebulae
Star Clusters

Coordinates

Position (RA):11 15 8.61
Position (Dec):-61° 15' 44.76"
Field of view:3.24 x 3.26 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 61.6° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
550 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
850 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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