Hubble Telescope Captures Spectacular ‘Skyrocket’ Galaxy

Hubble Telescope Captures Spectacular ‘Skyrocket’ Galaxy
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The Christian Science Monitor

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning view of a fireworks display blazing up in deep space. The celestial show comes courtesy of the dwarf galaxy Kiso 5639, which lies 82 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major and hosts a frenzy of star birth. “The dwarf galaxy is shaped like a flattened pancake, but because it is tilted edge-on, it resembles a skyrocket, with a brilliant blazing head and a long, star-studded tail,” officials with the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, which operates Hubble’s science program, wrote in a statement. The majority of Kiso 5639’s star-forming action is taking place in the galaxy’s head, which is about 2,700 light-years wide. …

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