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Baby Boom in Galaxy NGC 3310

Baby Boom in Galaxy NGC 3310

Depicts: NGC 3310, IRAS 10356+5345
Copyright: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Most galaxies form new stars at a fairly slow rate, but members of a rare class known as "starburst" galaxies blaze with extremely active star formation. The galaxy NGC 3310 is one such starburst galaxy that is forming clusters of new stars at a prodigious rate. Scientists using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope are perfecting a technique to determine the history of starburst activity in NGC 3310 by studying the colors of its star clusters.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
10-Dec-2023 17:12 UT

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