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  • Composite image of the magnificent starburst galaxy Messier 82 (M82) from visible-light observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in three broad wavelength bands coded in red (near-infrared/red light), green (yellow light), and blue (blue light) as well as the light of hydrogen emission coded in red/orange. NASA and ESA are releasing this image to celebrate Hubble's 16 years of success.
    Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Acknowledgment: J. Gallagher (University of Wisconsin), M. Mountain (STScI), and P. Puxley (National Science Foundation)
    Composite image of the magnificent starburst galaxy Messier 82 (M82) from visible-light observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in three broad wavelength bands coded in red (near-infrared/red light), green (yellow light), and blue (blue light) as well as the light of hydrogen emission coded in red/orange. NASA and ESA are releasing this image to celebrate Hubble's 16 years of success.
  • Composite of multi-wavelength images of the active galaxy M82 from  the three Great Observatories: Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and Spitzer Space Telescope. X-ray data recorded by Chandra  (courtesy of NASA/CXC/JHU/D.Strickland) appears here in blue; infrared  light recorded by Spitzer (courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/C. Engelbracht  (University of Arizona)) appears in red; Hubble's observations (courtesy  of NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)) of hydrogen  emission appears in orange, and the bluest visible light appears in  yellow-green.
    NASA, ESA, CXC, and JPL-Caltech
    Composite of multi-wavelength images of the active galaxy M82 from the three Great Observatories: Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and Spitzer Space Telescope. X-ray data recorded by Chandra (courtesy of NASA/CXC/JHU/D.Strickland) appears here in blue; infrared light recorded by Spitzer (courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/C. Engelbracht (University of Arizona)) appears in red; Hubble's observations (courtesy of NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)) of hydrogen emission appears in orange, and the bluest visible light appears in yellow-green.
  • Details in the Hubble Space Telescope image of the active galaxy M82.  Left: A portion of M82's bluish disk, largely composed of young, hot stars. Numerous bright blue-white star-forming clumps and wisps of darker, cooler dust and gas appear superimposed on the disk.   Center: The central
    NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
    Details in the Hubble Space Telescope image of the active galaxy M82. Left: A portion of M82's bluish disk, largely composed of young, hot stars. Numerous bright blue-white star-forming clumps and wisps of darker, cooler dust and gas appear superimposed on the disk. Center: The central "inner-city" portion of the galaxy showing the combined light of countless stars and revealing numerous star-forming clumps, dark red clouds of gas and dust obscuring the light from the galaxy's core, and an overall field of fainter resolved and unresolved red (cooler) and blue (hotter) stars. Right: Plumes of gas and dust amid a field of numerous faint, resolved stars blown from the central regions of M82 into the outer "suburbs."
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