The ground-based image in visible light locates the hub area imaged with the Hubble Space Telescope. This barred galaxy feeds material into its hub igniting star birth. The Hubble NICMOS instrument penetrating beneath the dust reveals clusters of young stars.
Bryan Preston, The Space Telescope Science Institute;
Ground-Based Image: Allan Sandage (The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington) and John Bedke (Computer Sciences Corporation and the Space Telescope Science Institute);
WFPC2 and NICMOS Image: NASA, ESA, and Reynier Peletier (University of Nottingham, United Kingdom)
Publication: October 6, 1999