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October 30, 2003 05:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2003-32

Megastar-Birth Cluster is Biggest, Brightest and Hottest Ever Seen

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Video: Zoom into Lynx Arc Artist's Impression

Running Time: 16 seconds

This is an artist's impression of the biggest and brightest star-birth region seen in the universe to date. The newly identified megastar-birth cluster contains 1 million ultra-hot stars. Their torrent of ultraviolet radiation illuminates huge placental walls of cold hydrogen. This super star-birth region is a rarely seen example of the early days of the universe where furious firestorms of star birth blazed across the skies.

Credit: ESA, Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre (M. Kornmesser and L.L. Christensen), and NASA


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