Nasa captures 'blue and fiery orange' swirls of stars forming 60 million light-years from Earth

Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image that shows "blue and fiery orange swirls" of "forming stars". The glittering swirl of star formation was seen taking place within the Great Barred Spiral Galaxy -- NGC 1365.

10 Oct 2020 |  39

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) and the European Space Agency (ESA) has captured the glittering swirl of star formation happening within the Great Barred Spiral Galaxy -- NGC 1365. The image shows "blue and fiery orange swirls" of "forming stars". The snapshot shows "where stars have just formed and the dusty sites of future stellar nurseries", Nasa said. "The bright, light-blue regions indicate the presence of hundreds of baby stars that formed from coalescing gas and dust within the galaxy's outer arms," Nasa said. According to the space agency, the Great Barred Spiral Galaxy is located around 60 million light-years from Earth, while the swirling star formation took place in the constellation of Fornax (the Furnace). The image was captured using Nasa/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, as part of a joint survey with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, Nasa said. Scientists have used Hubble space telescope to observe some of the most distant stars and galaxies, as well as, the planets in our solar system. Nasa said that the survey will help scientists "understand how the diversity of galaxy environments observed in the nearby universe, including NGC 1365 and other galaxies such as NGC 2835 and NGC 2775, influence the formation of stars and star clusters".

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