Hubble ACS image of IC 4662

This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows myriad stars residing in the central regions of the dwarf galaxy IC 4662. The bluish dots are younger stars; the reddish dots, older stars. The irregularly shaped red blobs are in regions of current starburst activity. One such region extends off the image's top, right edge.

IC 4662, located 8 million light years away in the Pavo 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.


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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:30 April 2009, 15:00
Size:1668 x 2536 px

About the Object

Name:IC 4662
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Size : Dwarf
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : Starburst
Distance:8 million light years

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606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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