Details in Messier 82

Close-up of some of the most interesting parts of the Hubble Space Telescope image of the active galaxy Messier 82 (M82). Left: A portion of M82's bluish disk, largely composed of hot young stars. Numerous bright blue-white star-forming clumps and wisps of darker, cooler dust and gas appear superimposed on the disk. Centre: The central "inner-city" portion of the galaxy shows the combined light of countless stars and reveals numerous star-forming clumps, dark red clouds of gas and dust obscuring the light from the galaxy's core, and an overall field of fainter red (cooler) and blue (hotter) stars.

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

Id:heic0604b
Type:Collage
Release date:24 April 2006, 15:00
Related releases:heic0604
Size:1960 x 1374 px

About the Object

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

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BandWavelengthTelescope
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435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
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658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
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8.0 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC

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