NASA captures image of ‘starburst’ galaxy forming 100s of stars every year
The beautiful galaxy lies 300 million light years from Earth in a very lonely, isolated part of space, something that has left astronomers confused.
The phenomenon of starburst galaxies is believed to be triggered by galactic collisions, such as in the case of Antennae Galaxies NGC 4038 and NGC 4039. However, the observation of MCG+07-33-027 throws doubt on that theory.
Astronomers are “still speculating about the cause” of the intensive activity, the European Space Agency said in a statement. But the face-on view that we have of the galaxy gives the scientists plenty of detail to study.
Antennae Galaxy collision: When galaxies collide, the stars in them typically don't hit each other. (Space is big). pic.twitter.com/lIjvWcvRsZ— Millennium Astronomy (@astromillennium) March 12, 2016
Stars are formed when clouds of dust and gas gather together and form a disc. It eventually becomes a spinning sphere that develops into a star over millions of years. Most galaxies only produce a couple of stars per year, our own Milky Way creates on average one. The intense activity within a starburst galaxy speeds up this process significantly.
Nebula’s ‘beating heart’ revealed in spectacular NASA image https://t.co/JM10Hlt8Ms— RT (@RT_com) July 9, 2016
The Hubble Space Telescope has been capturing images of the cosmos since it was first launched in 1990. Earlier this month is revealed an image showing the ‘beating heart’ of a nebula.