Hubble captures stunning stellar duo in Orion Nebula 1,450 light-years away
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning new image of the bright variable star V 372 Orionis and a companion star.
NASA and the European Space Agency telescope have captured the stars, which lie in the Orion Nebula, a region of stellar formation about 1,450 light-years away from Earth.
The companion star can be seen in the top left corner.
V 372 Orionis is a particular type of variable star known as an Orion variable.
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Fragmentary gas and dust from the Orion Nebulae are seen throughout the image. Orion variables are often associated with diffuse nebulae.
The team’s image overlays data from two of the telescope’s instruments: the Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Wide Field Camera 3.
The data at infrared and visible wavelengths were layered to reveal details of the area.
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In particular, the diffraction peaks around it the brightest stars of the image was formed when an intense point light source interacted with the four vanes in Hubble that support the telescope’s secondary mirror.
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For comparison: that of the James Webb Space Telescope are six-pointed because of the hexagonal mirror segments and the 3-leg support structure for the secondary mirror.
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