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Friday, February 10, 2012

Dwarf Galaxy NGC 4449 as seen by the Subaru Telescope

Dwarf Galaxy NGC 4449 as seen by the Subaru Telescope
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The Subaru Prime Focus Camera (Suprime-Cam) captured this image of the nearby dwarf galaxy NGC 4449 (lower left) and its companion (upper right), a dwarf galaxy that has been gravitationally pulled apart into a stellar stream. It shows individual stars composing the galaxies. R. Jay GaBany (Blackbird Observatory) produced the composite: blue hues in the center of the larger galaxy are brought about by a burst of recent star formation, while the red in its periphery and in its satellite indicates the presence of older, red-giant stars.
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Credit: NAOJ

1 comment(s):

ReportsSL said...

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