Hubble ACS image of NGC 4068

This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows myriad stars residing in the central regions of the dwarf galaxy NGC 4068. The bluish dots are younger stars; the reddish dots, older stars.

NGC 4068, located 14 million light-years away in the Ursa Major constellation, is part of a Hubble study of starbursts in nearby, small, or dwarf, galaxies. Based on this study, astronomers have found that starbursts continue 100 times longer than first thought, lasting 200 million to 400 million years. These galaxies show that starbursts are not isolated events, but sweep across a galaxy.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and K. McQuinn (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0919c
Type:Observation
Release date:30 April 2009, 15:00
Size:1844 x 2805 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4068
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Size : Dwarf
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : Starburst
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:14 million light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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