Baby Burp in Galaxy's Core (Core View)

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esahubble_opo0128c August 16th, 2001

Credit: NASA/ESA, Gerald Cecil (University of North Carolina), Sylvain Veilleux (University of Maryland), Joss Bland-Hawthorn (Anglo-Australian Observatory), and Alex Filippenko (University of California at Berkeley).

These NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope snapshots reveal dramatic activities within the core of the galaxy NGC 3079, where a lumpy bubble of hot gas is rising from a cauldron of glowing matter. The picture at left shows the bubble in the center of the galaxy's disk. The structure is more than 3, 000 light-years wide and rises 3, 500 light-years above the galaxy's disk. The smaller photo at right is a close-up view of the bubble. Astronomers suspect that the bubble is being blown by 'winds' (high-speed streams of particles) released during a burst of star formation. Gaseous filaments at the top of the bubble are whirling around in a vortex and are being expelled into space. Eventually, this gas will rain down upon the galaxy's disk where it may collide with gas clouds, compress them, and form a new generation of stars. The two white dots just above the bubble are probably stars in the galaxy.

Image Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0128c/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
IRAS 0958+559P15 NGC 3079
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Component > Center/Core
Galaxy > Type > Spiral
Galaxy > Type > Barred
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 1m 58.7s
DEC = 55° 40’ 49.6”
Orientation
North is 72.4° CW
Field of View
0.5 x 0.5 arcminutes
Constellation
Ursa Major

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_ Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Optical (NII) 658.0 nm
Arrow_left_ Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Infrared (I) 814.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_
Arrow_top_
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ID
opo0128c
Subject Category
C.5.4.9   C.5.1.1   C.5.1.2  
Subject Name
IRAS 0958+559P15, NGC 3079
Credits
NASA/ESA, Gerald Cecil (University of North Carolina), Sylvain Veilleux (University of Maryland), Joss Bland-Hawthorn (Anglo-Australian Observatory), and Alex Filippenko (University of California at Berkeley).
Release Date
2001-08-16T15:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0128c/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFPC2, WFPC2
Color Assignment
Band
Optical, Infrared
Bandpass
NII, I
Central Wavelength
658, 814
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
150.494441619, 55.6804543594
Reference Dimension
434.0, 434.0
Reference Pixel
217.0, 217.0
Scale
-1.95167003969e-05, 1.95167003969e-05
Rotation
-72.440000000000055
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
opo0128c
Metadata Date
2003-12-09T17:18:27+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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