Starburst galaxy Messier 94

This image shows the galaxy Messier 94, which lies in the small northern constellation of the Hunting Dogs, about 16 million light-years away.

Within the bright ring around Messier 94 new stars are forming at a high rate and many young, bright stars are present within it – thanks to this, this feature is called a starburst ring.

The cause of this peculiarly shaped star-forming region is likely a pressure wave going outwards from the galactic centre, compressing the gas and dust in the outer region. The compression of material means the gas starts to collapse into denser clouds. Inside these dense clouds, gravity pulls the gas and dust together until temperature and pressure are high enough for stars to be born.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA

About the Image

Id:potw1542a
Type:Observation
Release date:19 October 2015, 10:00
Size:1002 x 981 px

About the Object

Name:M 94
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : Starburst
Distance:15 million light years
Constellation:Canes Venatici
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 50 52.52
Position (Dec):41° 7' 19.94"
Field of view:1.67 x 1.64 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 75.1° right of vertical

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical450 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC2
Optical555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC2
Optical814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Ultraviolet336 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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