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Close-Up of Star Formation in Antennae Galaxy

Close-Up of Star Formation in Antennae Galaxy


Depicts: NGC 4038, IRAS 11593-1835, NGC 4039
Copyright: Brad Whitmore (STScI), and NASA

The collision triggers the birth of new stars in brilliant blue star clusters, the brightest of which contains roughly a million stars. The star clusters are blue because they are very young, the youngest being only a few million years old, a mere blink of the eye on the astronomical time scale.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
3-Dec-2021 20:03 UT

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