Hubble Finds Light and Dust in a Nearby Starburst Galaxy

An article I wrote for Electronic Products.

Astronomers are looking into what happens within these unusual star formations

Earlier this month, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of a small, glistening hook in the dark sky, an incredible object known as J082354.96+280621.6, or J082354.96 for short. This unusual high rate of accumulating stars is known as a starburst galaxy.

Starburst Galaxy

Starburst galaxy J082354.96. Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA.

The rate of star formation in a starburst galaxy is so excessive that the galaxy consumes all of its gas accumulation, which the stars form from, on a timescale much shorter than the existence of the galaxy itself. Since it only occupies a brief period of a galaxy’s evolution, the┬ástarburst┬ánature of a galaxy is just a phase. Read More

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