Dean Hines of STScI said now with such new technologies in image processing, we can go back to the archive and conduct research more precisely than previously possible with NICMOS
This is a NICMOS
coronagraphic image of a planet orbiting the star HR 8799, located 130 light-years away.
The visible outer layers (left) of the 12-light-year-wide tip of the Cone Nebula are peeled away in the infrared NICMOS
image (right) to reveal many dense, structured waves of dust.
The ring-like structure spied by NICMOS
encircles the core and is about 720 light-years wide, which is the typical size of most star-forming rings found in disk galaxies.
5 billion miles from the star and cannot be seen because it is on the edge of the NICMOS
coronagraphic spot that blocks the light from the central star.
The rejuvenated NICMOS
teamed with Hubble's newly installed Advanced Camera for Surveys to observe a four-galaxy collision a billion light-years from Earth.
We've shown that NICMOS
is more powerful than previously thought for imaging planets," said Lafreniere.
Scientists should know by mid-April if NICMOS
is back in action, and at about that time, they hope to produce the first useful images from the ACS.
Comparing their August 28, 2004, NICMOS
view with the April 2004 discovery image shows that the two objects appear to be moving in the same direction at the same speed across the sky, making them a "common proper motion" binary.
The telescope's cryogenically cooled, near-infrared camera, NICMOS
, relies on a precisely fashioned mask to block the light from a bright star.
Several objects in the NICMOS
image do not appear in the ACS image.