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Image of the Week – NGC 4214: A Snapshot in Time – 14/05/11

14 May 2011, 17:55 UTC
Image of the Week – NGC 4214: A Snapshot in Time – 14/05/11
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The Hubble Space Telescope has obtained a spectacular image of the Dwarf Galaxy NGC4214: -
NGC 4214 Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration. Acknowledgment: R. O’Connell (University of Virginia) and the WFC3 Scientific Oversight Committee
The galaxy is 10 million light years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Canes Venatici – The Hunting Dogs.
Despite being small by universal terms NGC 4214 has plenty to offer Astronomers. The galaxy is actively star forming and contains various star clusters with stars ranging from the recently minted blue giants to the old and failing red supergiants. It is literally a snapshot into the ageing of an entire generation of stars.
The gaping hole near the centre of the galaxy is a cavity that is devoid of nearly all dust and gas as everything has been blown outwards by the harsh ultraviolet radiation emanating from a high mass cluster near the centre.
The youngest clusters are just a few million years old and are still producing stars, this combined with the galaxy’ proximity and relative lack of dust obscuring our view make it a prime target for studies on large scale star formation.
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