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June 11, 1998 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1998-21

A Bright Ring of Star Birth around a Galaxy's Core

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Image: Close-Up View of Galaxy NGC 4314

Close-Up View of Galaxy NGC 4314

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This image, shows Hubble's close-up view of the galaxy's core, taken in December 1995 by the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. The bluish-purple clumps that form the ring are the clusters of infant stars. Two dark, wispy lanes of dust and a pair of blue spiral arms are just outside the star-forming ring. The lanes of dust are being shepherded into the ring by the longer, primary stellar bar seen in the ground-based image. The gas is trapped inside the ring through the stars' gravitational attraction.

Object Name: NGC 4314

Image Type: Astronomical

Credits: G. Fritz Benedict, Andrew Howell, Inger Jorgensen, David Chapell (University of Texas), Jeffery Kenney (Yale University), and Beverly J. Smith (CASA, University of Colorado), and NASA

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Montage Image: A Bright Ring of Star Birth Around Core of Galaxy NGC 4314 (right), and Ground-Based Image (left) Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated A Bright Ring of Star Birth Around Core of Galaxy NGC 4314 (right), and Ground-Based Image (left)PRC1998-21 McDonald Observatory image of NGC 4314 Image Type: Astronomical McDonald Observatory image of NGC 4314

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