Ethereal Orange Glow Radiates From Heart of Stellar Forge

Galaxy NGC 1792 captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee, Acknowledgement: Leo Shatz

An orange glow radiates from the center of NGC 1792, the heart of this stellar forge. Captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, this intimate view of NGC 1792 gives us some insight into this galactic powerhouse. The vast swathes of tell-tale blue seen throughout the galaxy indicate areas that are full of young, hot stars, and it is in the shades of orange, seen nearer the center, that the older, cooler stars reside.

Nestled in the constellation of Columba (The Dove), NGC 1792 is both a spiral galaxy, and a starburst galaxy. Within starburst galaxies, stars are forming at comparatively exorbitant rates. The rate of star formation can be more than 10 times faster in a starburst galaxy than in the Milky Way. When galaxies have a large resevoir of has, like NGC 1792, these short-lived starburst phases can be sparked by galactic events such as mergers and tidal interactions.

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