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

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  1. ISR 2023-08: WFC3/UVIS: New Full-Well Saturation Map Reference File

    December 29, 2023I. Rivera, M. Marinelli, J. Mack
  2. ISR 2023-07: HSTaXe - ACS & WFC3 Cookbook Tutorials

    September 19, 2023B. Kuhn, D. Som, A. Pidgeon, N. Hathi, R. Ryan, R. Avila, N. Pirzkal
  3. ISR 2023-06: The WFC3/UVIS G280 Grism Sky

    September 19, 2023A. Pagul, R. Ryan, B. Kuhn, D. Som
  4. ISR 2023-05: Dithering for ACS and WFC3 Primes and Parallels

    August 31, 2023J. Anderson & N. Grogin
  5. ISR 2023-04: UVIS Shutter Timing Jitter

    August 16, 2023K. Huynh & P.R. McCullough


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  1. WFC3 STAN Issue 44, January 2024

    January 08, 2024
  2. WFC3 STAN Issue 43, Sept 2023

    October 03, 2023
  3. WFC3 STAN Issue 42, May 2023

    May 31, 2023
  4. WFC3 STAN Issue 41, January 2023

    January 06, 2023
  5. WFC3 STAN Issue 40, November 2022

    November 02, 2022


Slideshow of WFC3 Images

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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Last Updated: 01/31/2024


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