Close-Up of Star Formation in Antennae Galaxy

These close-up views of the cores of each galaxy show entrapped dust and gas funneled into the center. The nucleus of NGC 4038 (lower right) is obscured by dust which dims and reddens starlight by scattering the shorter, bluer wavelengths. This is also the reason the young star clusters in the dusty regions appear red instead of blue.

Credit:

Brad Whitmore (STScI), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9734g
Type:Observation
Release date:21 October 1997, 19:00
Size:500 x 500 px

About the Object

Name:Antennae, IRAS 11593-1835, NGC 4038, NGC 4039
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Center/Core
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:75 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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