The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning new image of the bright variable star V 372 Orion and its companion star.
NASA and the European Space Agency have snapped telescopes that lie in the Orion Nebula, a star-forming region located about 1,450 light-years from Earth.
A star count is seen in the upper left corner.
V 372 Orion is a type of fixed variable star known as Orion Variable.
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Orion’s gas and dust can be seen through the image of the Nebula. Orion Variables are common with diffuse nebulae.
The image from the team overlays data from two of the telescope’s instruments — the Advanced Camera for Observation and the Wide Camera III.
Infrared data and visible wavelengths were available for each aperture.
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The remarkable diffraction spikes, which surround the brightest image of the star, are formed when an intense point of light is entangled with the four cavities inside Hubble that support the telescope’s secondary mirror.
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Comparatively, the James Webb Space Telescope has 6 points due to the hexagonal mirror segments and the 3 quadrilateral structure of the secondary mirror.
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