Star Birth in the Trifid Nebula
HUBBLE IDENTIFIES SOURCE OF ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT IN AN OLD GALAXY Video File October 26, 1999 Contact Ray Villard (410)338-4514
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.
Video sequence: Bryan Preston (Allied Signal and The Space Telescope Science Institute)
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.
Credits: NASA and Thomas M. Brown, Charles W. Bowers, Randy A. Kimble, Allen V. Sweigart (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) and Henry C. Ferguson (Space Telescope Science Institute).
3) GROUND-BASED COLOR IMAGE OF M31 & M32 Credit: Tony and Daphne Hallas
4) BLACK & WHITE GROUND-BASED IMAGE OF M32 (WITH THE STIS FIELD OUTLINED) Credit: Bill Keel (University of Alabama)
Image Credits: NASA and Jeff Hester (Arizona State University)
Video Sequence: Bryan Preston (Allied Signal and STScI)
Publication: November 9, 1999