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Hubble reveals firestorm of star birth in active galaxy Centaurus A

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Washington, June 17 : An image taken by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 has revealed a firestorm of star birth in the active galaxy Centaurus A.





Hubble's panchromatic vision, stretching from ultraviolet through near-infrared wavelengths, has revealed the vibrant glow of young, blue star clusters and a glimpse into regions normally obscured by the dust.

The warped shape of Centaurus A's disk of gas and dust is evidence for a past collision and merger with another galaxy. The resulting shockwaves cause hydrogen gas clouds to compress, triggering a firestorm of new star formation.

These are visible in the red patches in this Hubble close-up.

At a distance of just over 11 million light-years, Centaurus A contains the closest active galactic nucleus to Earth.


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