A Giant Star Factory in Neighboring Galaxy NGC 6822

Resembling curling flames from a campfire, this magnificent nebula in a neighboring galaxy is giving astronomers new insight into the fierce birth of stars, which may have been more a typical occurrence in the early universe.

The glowing gas cloud, called Hubble-V, has a diameter of about 200 light-years. A faint tail of gas trailing off the top of this Hubble Space Telescope image sits opposite a dense cluster of bright stars at the bottom of the irregularly shaped nebula.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0139a
Type:Observation
Release date:6 December 2001, 06:00
Size:672 x 712 px

About the Object

Name:Barnard's Galaxy, Hubble-V, IRAS 19421-1455, NGC 6822
Type:• Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:2 million light years
Constellation:Sagittarius

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
U
300 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-beta
487 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
OIII
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
547 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
NII
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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