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Star-forming region nebula NGC 346
- Title Star-forming region nebula NGC 346
- Released 26/01/2005 3:30 pm
- Copyright NASA, ESA and A. Nota (STScI/ESA)
This Hubble image, taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys, identifies three stellar populations in the SMC region of NGC 346 – a total of 70 000 stars. The oldest population is 4500 million years, roughly the age of our Sun.
This image was composed from two individual exposures taken through a V filter (555 nm, shown in blue) and a near-infrared filter (814 nm, shown in red).