Science and Exploration

Star Cluster NGC 1850

By Keith Cowing
Status Report
February 2, 2023
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Star Cluster NGC 1850
Star Cluster NGC 1850

This Hubble image shows the star cluster NGC 1850, located about 160,000 light-years away.

For this image, five filters were used with the camera to gather data. Two of the filters were at near-ultraviolet wavelengths, two more at visible light wavelengths, and the final one was in the near-infrared. The data gathered through the two ultraviolet filters is violet and blue.

The data from the two visible light filters is green and orange. The color red denotes near-infrared data. The image follows chromatic order, which means the shortest wavelength in the image is blue while the longest wavelength is red. Chromatic order allows us to visualize wavelengths of light beyond our eye’s sensitivity in a way that is familiar to us.

Image credit: NASA, ESA and N. Bastian (Donostia International Physics Center); Processing: Gladys Kober (NASA/Catholic University of America) Larger image

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