Star Birth in the Trifid Nebula

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Duration: 20 seconds

HUBBLE IDENTIFIES SOURCE OF ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT IN AN OLD GALAXY
Video File October 26, 1999

Contents
1) VIDEO ZOOM INTO M32: Video sequence begins with a ground-based image of M32 (seen just above the large central galaxy M31), ZOOM to ground-based image of M32, continue the ZOOM to the Hubble Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) image of M32's core.

2) HUBBLE IMAGE OF M32'S CORE: Hubble Space Telescope's exquisite resolution has allowed astronomers to resolve, for the first time, hot blue stars deep inside an elliptical galaxy. The swarm of nearly 8,000 blue stars resembles a blizzard of snowflakes near the core (lower right) of the neighboring galaxy M32, located 2.5 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda.

The observations, taken in October 1998, were made with the camera mode of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) in ultraviolet light.

3) GROUND-BASED COLOR IMAGE OF M31 and M32

4) BLACK AND WHITE GROUND-BASED IMAGE OF M32 (with the STIS field outlined)


Tags
Emission Nebulae, Hubble Telescope, Nebulae, Observations

Credits

Image Credit: NASA and Jeff Hester (Arizona State University)

1. Video Sequence: Bryan Preston (Allied Signal and STScI)
2. NASA and Thomas M. Brown, Charles W. Bowers, Randy A. Kimble, Allen V. Sweigart (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) and Henry C. Ferguson (STScI)
3. Tony and Daphne Hallas
4. Bill Keel (University of Alabama)

Publication: November 9, 1999


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