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June 2, 1992 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1992-16

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Uncovers a Starburst Galaxy

June 2, 1992: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has revealed a new class of object in the universe -- a grouping of gigantic star clusters produced by the collision of galaxies. Images of the core of the peculiar galaxy Arp 220 show that stars are produced at a furious rate from the dust and gas supplied by the interaction of two galaxies.

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Credit: E. Shaya, D. Dowling/U. of Maryland, the WFPC Team, and NASA