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About WFC3

Southern Crab Nebula imaged by WFC3 -

The Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) is a fourth-generation UVIS/IR imager aboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). WFC3 was installed in May 2009 during HST servicing mission 4, and replaces the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2).

WFC3 is designed to ensure that HST maintains its powerful imaging capabilities until the end of its mission, while at the same time advancing its survey and discovery capability through WFC3’s combination of broad wavelength coverage, wide field of view, and high sensitivity. A key feature of WFC3 is its panchromatic wavelength coverage. By combining two optical/ultraviolet CCDs with a near-infrared HgCdTe array, WFC3 is capable of direct, high-resolution imaging over the entire wavelength range from 200 to 1700 nm. Equipped with a comprehensive range of wide-, intermediate-, and narrow-band filters, WFC3 has broad applicability to a variety of new astrophysical investigations.

WFC3 is a facility instrument. It was developed, constructed, characterized, and calibrated by an Integrated Product Team (IPT) led by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), and composed of staff astronomers and engineers from GSFC, STScI, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other industrial contractors.


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ISR 2023-02: Testing Aperture Corrections for WFC3/UVIS Spatial Scans

May 01, 2023M. Marinelli, V. Bajaj

ISR 2023-01: WFC3/UVIS Post-flash: Stability of the LED and Creation of Time-Dependent Reference Files

March 09, 2023C, Martlin, J. Green

ISR 2022-09: TrExoLiSTS: Transiting Exoplanets List of Space Telescope Spectroscopy

December 23, 2022N.K. Nikolov, A, Kovacs, C, Martlin

ISR 2022-08: WFC3/UVIS Gain Stability Results for Cycles 26 - 29

November 22, 2022K. Huynh & B. Kuhn

ISR 2022-07: WFC3/IR Photometric Stability Stellar Cluster Study

October 13, 2022V. Bajaj, A. Calamida, J. Mack, D. Som


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WFC3 STAN Issue 41, January 2023

January 06, 2023

WFC3 STAN Issue 40, November 2022

November 02, 2022

WFC3 STAN Issue 39, June 2022

June 09, 2022

WFC3 STAN Issue 38, January 2022

January 07, 2022

WFC3 STAN Issue 37, October 2021

October 06, 2021


Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014
Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014

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Saturn Opposition 2018

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Southern Crab Nebula
Southern Crab Nebula

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MACS J0416.1-2403
MACS J0416.1-2403

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Bubble Nebula
Bubble Nebula

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