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
Id:opo9734z
Type:Observation
Release date:21 October 1997, 19:00
Size:300 x 300 px

About the Object

Name:Antennae, IRAS 11593-1835, IRAS F11593-1836, NGC 4038, NGC 4039
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• X - Star Clusters Images/Videos
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:75 million light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
550 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
H-alpha + Nii
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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