purple-toned image of stars

Hubble Space Telescope sees spiral of star formation in nearby galaxy

NASA’s venerable space telescope has spotted stars and gas spiraling toward the core of a massive, oddly shaped stellar nursery in the nearby Small Magellanic Cloud.

Astronomers believe that the outer arm of this spiral of stars and the gas could provide a river-like flow of gas that fuels star formation in the stellar nursery, called NGC 346, seen in the recently released image captured by the The Hubble Space Telescope. The discovery could provide important clues to how stars were born when the 13.8 billion years galaxy was only a few billion years old and was undergoing a stellar “baby boom” of intense star formation.


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