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