The Hubble Space Telescope captured a stunning new image of the bright variable star V 372 Orionis and its companion.
Telescopes from NASA and the European Space Agency captured stars in the Orion Nebula, a star-forming region about 1,450 light-years from Earth.
A companion star is displayed in the upper left corner.
V 372 Orionis is a specific type of variable star known as the Orion Variable.
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Clots of gas and dust in the Orion Nebula are visible throughout the image. Orion Variables are commonly associated with diffuse nebulae.
The team’s images overlay data from the telescope’s two instruments: the Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Wide Field Camera 3.
Data for infrared and visible wavelengths are stratified to reveal details of the area.
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In particular, the diffraction spikes surrounding the brightest stars in the image formed when an intense point light source interacted with the four vanes inside the Hubble that supported the telescope’s secondary mirrors.
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Comparatively, the James Webb Space Telescope’s telescope is hexagonal due to the hexagonal mirror segment and the three-legged support structure for the secondary mirror.