|This irregular dwarf galaxy is part of the Canes Venaticorum group
of galaxies some 12 million light years away. This galaxy is very similar to
our own LMC (Large Magellanic Cloud) in both structure and size. The central
part of the galaxy consists of a population of very young stars which extend through
the galaxy in a bar formation. Astronomers estimate that these stars are not
much older than 5 million years in age. The numerous red regions are the
HII regions that are currently forming stars. Massive dark clouds of gas
and dust (dark blobs in picture) await future episodes of star formation.
Chains of blue outline the baby-boom of stars in this galaxy.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
Minimum credit line: John and Christie Connors/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
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