The core of the massive compact star cluster in NGC 3603

The core of the star cluster in NGC 3603 is shown in great detail in an image from the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) camera on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The image is a colour composite of observations in the WFPC2 filters F555W (blue), F675W (green) and F814W (red). This view shows the second of two images taken ten years apart that were used to detect the motions of individual stars within the cluster for the first time. The field of view is about 20 arcseconds across.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and Wolfgang Brandner (MPIA), Boyke Rochau (MPIA) and Andrea Stolte (University of Cologne)

About the Image

Id:heic1009a
Type:Observation
Release date:31 May 2010, 16:00
Related releases:heic1009
Size:978 x 978 px

About the Object

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

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Coordinates

Position (RA):11 15 7.32
Position (Dec):-61° 15' 38.35"
Field of view:0.37 x 0.37 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
675 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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