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The Bubbling Cauldron of NGC 3079

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zorg.ch
#53251 by @ 17.10.2004 00:15 - nach oben -
The Bubbling Cauldron of NGC 3079


Explanation:

Edge-on
spiral galaxy NGC 3079 is a mere 50 million light-years away
toward the constellation Ursa Major.

Shown in this stunning false-color
Hubble Space Telescope
image, the galaxy's disk - composed of spectacular
star clusters in winding spiral arms and dramatic
dark lanes of dust -
spans
some
70,000 light-years.

Still, NGC 3079's most eye-catching features
are the pillars of gas
which tower above a swirling cosmic cauldron of activity
at the galaxy's center.

Seen in the close-up inset at lower right, the pillars rise to a
height of about 2,000 light-years and seem to lie on the surface
of an immense bubble rising from the galactic core.

Measurements indicate that the gaseous pillars are streaming away
from the core at 6 million kilometers per hour.

What makes this galaxy's
cauldron bubble?

Astronomers
are exploring
the
possibility that the superbubble is
formed by winds from massive stars.

If so, these massive stars were likely born all at once as the
galactic center underwent a
sudden burst of star formation.




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zorg.ch
#53355 by @ 18.10.2004 13:52 - nach oben -
i dä mitti vomänerä galaxie hät jetzt scho immer gern feriä gmacht
zorg.ch
#53371 by @ 18.10.2004 15:10 - nach oben -
i dä vergrösserig gseht mo gad wie äm sonic sini mueter dhänd us dä galaxie usestreckt. si isch aber zlang a dä sone glägä, gseht jo nocheme gröbere sonnebrand us...
zorg.ch
#53390 by @ 18.10.2004 17:51 - nach oben -
cha passierä wämmer kei sonnecreme benutzt. i ihrem fall wür i faktor 10^9 empfehlä