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Dwarf Galaxy NGC 4449 | by Hubble Heritage
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Dwarf Galaxy NGC 4449

Hundreds of thousands of vibrant blue and red stars blaze in this image of NGC 4449 taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Hot bluish-white clusters of massive stars are scattered throughout the galaxy, interspersed with numerous dustier, reddish regions of current star formation. Massive dark clouds of gas and dust are silhouetted against the starlight.


NGC 4449 has been forming stars for several billion years, but currently it is experiencing a star formation event at a much higher rate than in the past. This unusually explosive and intense star formation activity qualifies as a starburst. At the current rate, the gas supply that feeds the stellar production would only last for another billion years or so.



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Taken on November 21, 2008