Creating New Stars

A Galaxy Creating Stars in CassiopeiaIt is truly amazing that at one time people said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Today, an image can hold a thousand thousand books of information! The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionaized how we view images, and how scientists see the sky.  The photo of galaxy NGC 278 here is a perfect example.

This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, shows a spiral galaxy named NGC 278. This cosmic beauty lies some 38 million light-years away in the northern constellation of Cassiopeia (The Seated Queen).

While NGC 278 may look serene, it is anything but. The galaxy is currently undergoing an immense burst of star formation. This flurry of activity is shown by the unmistakable blue-hued knots speckling the galaxy’s spiral arms, each of which marks a clump of hot newborn stars. Read More ...