NGC 346

NGC 346

NGC 346

Hubble Space Telescope image of NGC 346
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Tucana[1]
Right ascension 0h 59m 18s[2]
Declination −72° 10′ 48″[2]

NGC 346 is an open cluster with associated nebula located in the Small Magellanic Cloud that appears in the constellation Tucana. It contains HD 5980, the brightest star in the SMC.


NGC 346
The bright star-forming region NGC 346.

NGC 346
NGC 346, the brightest star-forming region in the neighbouring Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy, some 210 000 light-years away from Earth. The light, wind and heat given off by massive stars have dispersed the glowing gas within and around this star cluster, forming a surrounding wispy nebular structure that looks like a cobweb. Credit: ESO


  1. ^ "Hubble Heritage Site". Results for NGC 346. Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  2. ^ a b "SIMBAD Astronomical Database". Results for NGC 346. Retrieved 2007-04-17. 

External links

  • ESA
  • Hubble picture and information on NGC 346Hubble Heritage site
  • Beautiful Image of a Cosmic SculptureESO