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April 24, 2006 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-14

Happy Sweet Sixteen, Hubble Telescope!


Image: Active Galaxy M82 Details

Active Galaxy M82 DetailsSTScI-PRC2006-14b

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Details in the Hubble Space Telescope image of the active galaxy M82.

Left: A portion of M82's bluish disk, largely composed of young, hot stars. Numerous bright blue-white star-forming clumps and wisps of darker, cooler dust and gas appear superimposed on the disk.

Center: The central "inner-city" portion of the galaxy showing the combined light of countless stars and revealing numerous star-forming clumps, dark red clouds of gas and dust obscuring the light from the galaxy's core, and an overall field of fainter resolved and unresolved red (cooler) and blue (hotter) stars.

Right: Plumes of gas and dust amid a field of numerous faint, resolved stars blown from the central regions of M82 into the outer "suburbs."

Object Names: M82, NGC 3034

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)


The above montage includes these images:

Disk of M82 Image Type: Astronomical Disk of M82 Nucleus of M82 Image Type: Astronomical Nucleus of M82 Hydrogen Plume in M82 Image Type: Astronomical Hydrogen Plume in M82

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