Hubble and Webb’s views of NGC 346

This video compares images of star-forming region NGC 346 taken in visible light with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s ACS instrument, near-infrared with the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope’s NIRCam instrument, and mid-infrared with Webb’s MIRI instrument.

Hubble’s visible-light image is filled with thousands of stars, as well as curtains of hydrogen and oxygen gas coloured blue. In Webb’s near-infrared image, pink represents energised hydrogen, while orange represents dense, molecular hydrogen. Webb’s mid-infrared image highlights bright patches of star formation, diffuse pink emission from warm dust, and blue filaments of dusty and sooty material.


ESA/Webb, NASA, ESA, CSA, N. Habel (JPL), P. Kavanagh (Maynooth University), A. James (STScI), N. Bartmann (ESA/Webb), M. Zamani (ESA/Webb)
Music: Stellardrone – The Night Sky in Motion

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Release date:10 October 2023, 16:00
Related releases:weic2324
Duration:30 s
Frame rate:25 fps

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