Close-Up of Star Formation in Antennae Galaxy

The collision triggers the birth of new stars in brilliant blue star clusters, the brightest of which contains roughly a million stars. The star clusters are blue because they are very young, the youngest being only a few million years old, a mere blink of the eye on the astronomical time scale.

Credit:

Brad Whitmore (STScI), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9734e
Type:Observation
Release date:21 October 1997, 19:00
Size:120 x 120 px

About the Object

Name:Antennae, IRAS 11593-1835, NGC 4038, NGC 4039
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:35 million light years
Constellation:Corvus

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

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