Hubble view of star-forming region S106

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows Sh 2-106, or S106 for short. This is a compact star forming region in the constellation Cygnus (The Swan). A newly-formed star called S106 IR is shrouded in dust at the centre of the image, and is responsible for the surrounding gas cloud’s hourglass-like shape and the turbulence visible within. Light from glowing hydrogen is coloured blue in this image.

Credit:

NASA & ESA

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:heic1118a
Type:Observation
Release date:15 December 2011, 15:00
Related releases:heic1118
Size:4356 x 3202 px

About the Object

Name:S106 IR, Sh 2-106
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Young Stellar Object
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:3300 light years
Constellation:Cygnus

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Coordinates

Position (RA):20 27 26.06
Position (Dec):37° 22' 39.39"
Field of view:2.87 x 2.11 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 72.2° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
H-alpha
657 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
J
1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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