NGC 346

Astronomers have been bemused to find young stars spiralling into the centre of a massive cluster of stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. The outer arm of the spiral in this huge, oddly shaped stellar nursery — called NGC 346 — may be feeding star formation in a river-like motion of gas and stars. This is an efficient way to fuel star birth, researchers say.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, A. James (STScI)

About the Image

Id:heic2211a
Type:Observation
Release date:8 September 2022, 16:00
Related releases:heic2211
Size:1614 x 1552 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 346
Constellation:Tucana
Category:Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 59 9.41
Position (Dec):-72° 10' 36.31"
Field of view:3.31 x 3.18 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 88.9° left of vertical


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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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