About the Image
- NASA/JPL-Caltech/L. Rebull (SSC/Caltech)
- L. Rebull (Spitzer Science Center), T. Spuck (Oil City Area Sr. High School), B. Sepulveda (Lincoln High School), T. Maranto (Phillips Exeter Academy), C. Weehler (Luther Burbank High School), T. Roelofsen (Bassick High School), B. Ehrhart (Oil City Area Sr. High School), D. Bowser II (Oil City Area Sr. High School), M. Greer (Phillips Exeter Academy), J. Preis (Phillips Exeter Academy), P. Weston (Phillips Exeter Academy), A. Hughes (Lincoln High School), N. Sharma (Lincoln High School), J. Herrera (Luther Burbank High School),
About the Object
- Witch Head Nebula
- Nebula > Type > Star Formation
- 800 Light Years
|Infrared||3.6 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||4.5 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||5.8 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||8.0 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
- Position (J2000)
- RA = 5h 7m 50.3s
- Dec = -6° 21' 31.5"
- Field of View
- 18.4 x 15.2 arcminutes
- North is 1.1° left of vertical
Baby Stars Brewing in the Witch Head Nebula
Eight hundred light-years away in the Orion constellation, a gigantic murky cloud called the "Witch Head Nebula" is teeming with dust-obscured newborn stars waiting to be uncovered. In this image, the super sensitive infrared eyes of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal 12 new baby stars in a small portion of the cloud commonly referred to as the Witch Head's "pointy chin."
The image is a four-color composite where blue represents 3.6 microns, green depicts 4.5 microns, yellow is 5.8 microns, and red is 8.0 microns.
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