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A GALACTIC NURSERY

Postby Nightspore » Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:59 am

A GALACTIC NURSERY ~ Space in Images, ESA

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images ... ic_nursery

This dramatic image shows the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s view of dwarf galaxy known as NGC 1140, which lies 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Eridanus. As can be seen in this image NGC 1140 has an irregular form, much like the Large Magellanic Cloud — a small galaxy that orbits the Milky Way.

This small galaxy is undergoing what is known as a starburst. Despite being almost ten times smaller than the Milky Way it is creating stars at about the same rate, with the equivalent of one star the size of the Sun being created per year. This is clearly visible in the image, which shows the galaxy illuminated by bright, blue-white, young stars. ~ op cit

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