About WFC3

Southern Crab Nebula imaged by WFC3 - Hubblesite.org

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.


WFC3 Instrument Resources

Recently Published Documents


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Listing Results

Results: 5

ISR 2021-02: Reducing Drift and Shift (DASH) Data Using wfc3 dash and Accompanying Notebook Workflow

January 11, 2021C. Martlin, R. O’Brien, I. Momcheva, M. Gennaro

ISR 2021-01: WFC3/IR Filter-Dependent Sky Flats

January 11, 2021J. Mack, H. Olszewksi, N. Pirzkal

ISR 2020-10: Updated WFC3/IR Photometric Calibration

December 03, 2020V. Bajaj, A. Calamida, J. Mack

ISR 2020-09: Updated Calibration of the UVIS G280 Grism

November 19, 2020N. Pirzkal

ISR 2020-07: Supplemental Dither Patterns for WFC3/UVIS

June 05, 2020J. Anderson


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Recently Published STANs

Listing Results

Results: 5

WFC3 STAN Issue 34, January 2021

January 11, 2021

WFC3 STAN Issue 33, October 2020

October 15, 2020

WFC3 STAN Issue 32, July 2020

July 23, 2020

WFC3 STAN Issue 31, June 2020

June 01, 2020

WFC3 STAN Issue 30, January 2020

January 02, 2020


Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014
Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014

Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014 - http://hubblesite.org/image/3380

Saturn Opposition 2018

Saturn Opposition 2018 - hubblesite.org

Southern Crab Nebula
Southern Crab Nebula

Southern Crab Nebula - hubblesite.org

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

MACS J0416.1-2403 - hubblesite.org

Bubble Nebula
Bubble Nebula

Bubble Nebula - hubblesite.org

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