Depicts: NGC 253, IRAS 00450-2533
Copyright: Carnegie Institution of Washington
This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the core of the nearest starburst spiral galaxy, NGC 253, reveals violent star formation within a region 1,000 light-years across. A starburst galaxy has an exceptionally high rate of star birth, first identified by its excess of infrared radiation from warm dust.
Last Update: 1 September 2019