Jul 4, 2007

Starburst Pictures from Hubble!

Hubble Telescope today has published stunning imagery of a star formation nearly 12.5 million light years away. Scientists from ESA were able to capture the stellar fireworks through the Hubble space telescope in the dwarf galaxy NGC 4449, which has been forming stars for thousands of millions of years.

According to ESA, the current unusual explosive and intense activity “qualifies as a starburst,” meaning that at the current rate, the gas that feeds stellar production would run out in about 1 billion years.

Scientists said that the current widespread starburst in the galaxy was triggered by interaction or merger with a smaller companion. For more info and to download the stunning pictures, go to the ESA website.


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