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February 3, 2004 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-06

Supernova Blast Bonanza in Nearby Galaxy

February 3, 2004: The nearby dwarf galaxy NGC 1569 is a hotbed of vigorous star birth activity which blows huge bubbles that riddle the main body of the galaxy. The galaxy's "star factories" are also manufacturing brilliant blue star clusters. This galaxy had a sudden onset of star birth about 25 million years ago, which subsided about the time the very earliest human ancestors appeared on Earth.


Credit: ESA, NASA and P. Anders (Göttingen University Galaxy Evolution Group, Germany