Melnick 34

Melnick 34 as imaged by the first Wide Field and Planetary Camera (WFPC-1). The advantages of working in space above Earth's distorting atmosphere are immediately apparent. Atmospheric blurring is gone and many more stars are visible.

However, the effects of the Hubble Telescope's spherical aberration also are apparent. In particular there is a four arc second diameter 'skirt' around the bright star which obscures the view of the sky in its vicinity.


NASA, ESA and the COSTAR Team

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:13 January 1994, 06:00
Size:356 x 344 px

About the Object

Name:Melnick 34
Type:Local Universe : Star : Type : Wolf-Rayet
Distance:170000 light years

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