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NGC 604 in Galaxy M33

NGC 604 in Galaxy M33

Depicts: NGC 604, M33, IRAS 01310+3024, NGC 598
Copyright: Hui Yang (University of Illinois) and NASA

At the heart of NGC 604 are over 200 hot stars, much more massive than our Sun (15 to 60 solar masses).

They heat the gaseous walls of the nebula making the gas fluoresce. Their light also highlights the nebula's three-dimensional shape, like a lantern in a cavern.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
21-Feb-2024 06:18 UT

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