Baby Boom in Galaxy NGC 3310

Most galaxies form new stars at a fairly slow rate, but members of a rare class known as 'starburst' galaxies blaze with extremely active star formation. The galaxy NGC 3310 is one such starburst galaxy that is forming clusters of new stars at a prodigious rate. Scientists using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope are perfecting a technique to determine the history of starburst activity in NGC 3310 by studying the colours of its star clusters.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0126a
Type:Observation
Release date:6 September 2001, 15:00
Size:849 x 933 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 10356+5345, NGC 3310
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : Starburst
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:55 million light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
U
330 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Ultraviolet
U
336 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
B
439 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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