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A Giant Star Factory in Neighboring Galaxy NGC 6822

A Giant Star Factory in Neighboring Galaxy NGC 6822


Depicts: Hubble-V, NGC 6822, Barnard's Galaxy, IRAS 19421-1455
Copyright: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Resembling curling flames from a campfire, this magnificent nebula in a neighboring galaxy is giving astronomers new insight into the fierce birth of stars, which may have been more a typical occurrence in the early universe.

The glowing gas cloud, called Hubble-V, has a diameter of about 200 light-years. A faint tail of gas trailing off the top of this Hubble Space Telescope image sits opposite a dense cluster of bright stars at the bottom of the irregularly shaped nebula.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
8-Dec-2022 09:33 UT

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