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August 16, 2001 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2001-28

Burst of Star Formation Drives Bubble in Galaxy's Core

Technical facts about this news release:

About this Object 
Object Name: NGC 3079
Object Description: Spiral Galaxy
Position (J2000): R.A. 10h 51m 58.53s
Dec. +55° 40' 50.1''
Constellation: Ursa Major
Distance: 15 Mpc (50 million light-years)

The full image of NGC 3079 is 4.9 arcminutes (roughly 21 kpc or 70,000 light-years) along the diagonal. The bubble that resides at the center of NGC 3079 is more than 3,000 light-years wide and rises 3,500 light-years above the galaxy's disk

About the Data 
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date: November 26, 1998
Exposure Time: 2.7 hours
Filters: F658N ([N II]), F814W (I)
Principal Astronomers:

G. Cecil (U. North Carolina, Chapel Hill), S. Veilleux (U. Maryland, College Park), J. Bland-Hawthorn (AAO), and A. Filippenko (UC Berkeley)

About this Image 
Image Credit: NASA and G. Cecil (U. North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Release Date: August 16, 2001 9:00 a.m. (EDT)
Orientation/Scale: Burst of Star Formation Drives Bubble in Galaxy NGC 3079's Core