NGC 604 in Galaxy M 33

At the heart of NGC 604 are over 200 hot stars, much more massive than our Sun (15 to 60 solar masses).

They heat the gaseous walls of the nebula making the gas fluoresce. Their light also highlights the nebula's three-dimensional shape, like a lantern in a cavern.


Hui Yang (University of Illinois) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:7 August 1996, 06:00
Size:850 x 600 px

About the Object

Name:M 33, Messier 33, NGC 604, Triangulum Pinwheel
Type:Local Universe : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:3 million light years

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