Hubble's new camera--the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3)-- captured a close-up view of the hundreds of thousands of mostly blue and red supergiant stars, hundreds of star clusters and swarms of globular star clusters in this image of in an arm and nucleous of Southern Pinwheel Galaxy. -- Press Release
The image reveals in unprecedented detail the current rapid rate of star birth in this famous "grand design" spiral galaxy. The newest generations of stars are forming largely in clusters on the edges of the dark dust lanes, the backbone of the spiral arms. These fledgling stars, only a few million years old, are bursting out of their dusty cocoons and producing bubbles of reddish glowing hydrogen gas... Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).
This is an image of the galaxy M83, taken by the European Southern Observatory's Wide Field Imager on the ESO/MPG 2.2-meter telescope at La Silla, Chile. Credit: European Southern Observatory.
The image at right is Hubble's close-up view of the myriad stars near the galaxy's core, the bright whitish region at far right. An image of the entire galaxy, taken by the European Southern Observatory's Wide Field Imager on the ESO/MPG 2.2-meter telescope at La Silla, Chile, is shown at left. The white box outlines Hubble's view. Credit: NASA, ESA, R. O'Connell (University of Virginia), B. Whitmore (Space Telescope Science Institute), M. Dopita (Australian National University), and the Wide Field Camera 3 Science Oversight Committee, European Southern Observatory.
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