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The Hubble Space Telescope

By: Samantha Johnson on Oct. 16, 2009, 11:21 p.m.
NASA photos, Hubble Space Telescope, Starburst Galaxy M82, Cigar Galaxy

Photo: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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Starburst galaxy

Starburst Galaxy M82, also called the Cigar Galaxy, is a prime example of a starburst galaxy. In the center, gases are compressed and temperatures rise as new stars are formed 10 times more rapidly than in the Milky Way. All these young stars are compressed into star clusters that can have dozens of stars in them at a time, and the energy they emit is referred to as a cosmic ‘super wind’.