The magnificent starburst galaxy Messier 82

This mosaic image of the magnificent starburst galaxy, Messier 82 (M82) is the sharpest wide-angle view ever obtained of M82. It is a galaxy remarkable for its webs of shredded clouds and flame-like plumes of glowing hydrogen blasting out from its central regions where young stars are being born 10 times faster than they are inside in our Milky Way Galaxy.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA). Acknowledgment: J. Gallagher (University of Wisconsin), M. Mountain (STScI) and P. Puxley (NSF).

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:heic0604a
Type:Observation
Release date:24 April 2006, 15:00
Related releases:heic0604
Size:7400 x 9500 px

About the Object

Name:Cigar Galaxy, Messier 82
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : Starburst
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:13 million light years
Constellation:Ursa Major

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BandWavelengthTelescope
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B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
H-alpha
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
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I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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