NEW HUBBLE PICTURES: First Shots From Upgraded Orbiter

NEW HUBBLE PICTURES: First Shots From Upgraded Orbiter
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Hubble's new visible-light picture of a star-filled pillar, released on September 9, 2009, tells only part of the story. An infrared image (bottom) of the same structure, part of the Carina nebula, cuts through the thick clouds of gas and dust to reveal the infant stars hiding inside.

Unlike its predecessor camera, the WFC3 can pick up light all the way into infrared wavelengths. This allows astronomers to see, for example, the particularly energetic baby star in the pillar's center that is shooting out twin jets of glowing gas.

These jets are traveling at speeds of up to 850,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers) an hour, and in total they span more than 15 light-years.
—Image courtesy NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team
 
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