View Full Version : Starburst Galaxy M82 by Hubble

2006-Apr-26, 03:35 PM
SUMMARY: To celebrate 16 years of observations by the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA and ESA have released this image of galaxy M82 (aka the Cigar Galaxy). Located 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major, it's an amazing example of a starburst galaxy. New stars are being born at the heart of M82 at a rate of 10 times what we see in our own Milky Way galaxy. The combined solar winds from all these stars creates a galactic "superwind" that compresses gas further out in the disk and leads to even more star formation.

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