Hubble Captures Chamaeleon Cloud I

  • Released Saturday, January 29th, 2022
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:37PM

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, K. Luhman and T. Esplin (Pennsylvania State University), et al., and ESO; Processing: Gladys Kober (NASA/Catholic University of America)

This 315-million-pixel NASA Hubble Space Telescope high-resolution composite image captures one of three segments that comprise a 65-light-year wide star-forming region named the Chamaeleon Cloud Complex. The segment in this image, called Chamaeleon Cloud I (Cha I), reveals dusty-dark clouds where stars are forming, dazzling reflection nebulae glowing by the light of bright-blue young stars, and radiant knots called Herbig-Haro objects.

The image is comprised of 23 observations made by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys. Gaps between those observations were filled by 20 Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 images. Any remaining gaps were filled with ground-based data from ESO’s VISTA VIRCAM.

To learn more about this image, visit Hubble Examines a Star-Forming Chameleon.


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