LEDA 36252, a cosmic tadpole

In this new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, a firestorm of star birth is lighting up one end of the diminutive galaxy LEDA 36252 — also known as Kiso 5649.

The galaxy is a member of a class of galaxies called “tadpoles” because of their bright heads and elongated tails. This galaxy resides relatively nearby, at a distance of 80 million light-years. Tadpoles are rare in the local Universe but common in the distant Universe, suggesting that many galaxies pass through a phase like this as they evolve.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and D. Elmegreen (Vassar College), B. Elmegreen (IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center), J. Almeida, C. Munoz-Tunon, and M. Filho (Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias), J. Mendez-Abreu (University of St. Andrews), J. Gallagher (University of Wisconsin-Madison), M. Rafelski (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), and D. Ceverino (Center for Astronomy at Heidelberg University)

About the Image

Id:heic1612a
Type:Observation
Release date:28 June 2016, 19:00
Related releases:heic1612
Size:1391 x 1287 px

About the Object

Name:LEDA 36252
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Irregular
Distance:80 million light years
Constellation:Ursa Major
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):11 41 7.04
Position (Dec):32° 25' 38.84"
Field of view:0.92 x 0.85 arcminutes
Orientation:North is -0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
UV
225 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Ultraviolet
U
336 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
B
438 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
y
547 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
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606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
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657 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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