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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
Copyright: Brad Whitmore (STScI), and NASA

These close-up views of the cores of each galaxy show entrapped dust and gas funneled into the center. The nucleus of NGC 4038 (lower right) is obscured by dust which dims and reddens starlight by scattering the shorter, bluer wavelengths. This is also the reason the young star clusters in the dusty regions appear red instead of blue.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
2-Mar-2024 17:46 UT

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