Hubble captures stunning stellar duo in the 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.
The NASA and European Space Agency telescope captured the stars, which lie in the Orion Nebula, a star-forming region about 1,450 light-years from Earth.
The companion star is visible in the upper left corner.
V 372 Orionis is a special type of variable star known as the Orion Variable.
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Uneven gas and dust from the Orion Nebulae are visible throughout the image. Orion variables are usually associated with diffuse nebulae.
The team’s image overlays data from two of the telescope’s instruments – the Advanced Survey Camera and Wide Field Camera 3.
Data at infrared and visible wavelengths have been overlaid to reveal details of the area.
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Notably, the diffraction spikes that surround the brightest stars in the image formed when an intense point source of light interacted with the four vanes inside Hubble that support the telescope’s secondary mirror.
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Comparatively, those of the James Webb Space Telescope are six-pronged due to its hexagonal mirror segments and 3-legged support structure for the secondary mirror.