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Super Star Clusters in the Antennae Galaxies

Release date: Oct 16, 2006 12:00 AM (EDT)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

This new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Antennae galaxies is the sharpest yet of this merging pair of galaxies. During the course of the collision, billions of stars will be formed. The brightest and most compact of these star birth regions are called super star clusters. The new image allows astronomers to better distinguish between the stars and super star clusters created in the collision of two spiral galaxies.