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A Giant Star Factory in Neighboring Galaxy NGC 6822
Release date: Dec 6, 2001 12:00 AM (EST)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

Resembling curling flames from a campfire, this magnificent nebula in a neighboring galaxy is giving astronomers new insight into the fierce birth of stars, which may have been more a typical occurrence in the early universe. The glowing gas cloud, called Hubble-V, has a diameter of about 200 light-years. A faint tail of gas trailing off the top of this Hubble Space Telescope image sits opposite a dense cluster of bright stars at the bottom of the irregularly shaped nebula.

Release ID: STScI-2001-39
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A Giant Star Factory in Neighboring Galaxy NGC 6822
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Credits: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Acknowledgment: C. R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University) and L. Bianchi (Johns Hopkins University and Osservatorio Astronomico, Torinese, Italy)