Release 344 of 1,135

Galaxy NGC 4214: A Star-Formation Laboratory

Release date: May 12, 2011 9:00 AM (EDT)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

The dwarf galaxy NGC 4214 is ablaze with young stars and gas clouds. Located around 10 million light-years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs), the galaxy's close proximity, combined with the wide variety of evolutionary stages among the stars, make it an ideal laboratory to research the triggers of star formation and evolution. This color image was taken using the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 in December 2009.