Star formation in the dwarf galaxy NGC 4214

(ORDO NEWS) — NGC 4214 is a barred dwarf irregular galaxy about 13 million light-years from Earth . NGC 4214 is an ideal place to study the mechanism of the birth and evolution of stars.

Most of the galaxy is dominated by a huge glowing cloud of hydrogen gas, in which new stars are being born.

In the center of this image, you can see a heart-shaped depression (marked in the image below), perhaps the most attractive feature of the galaxy NGC 4214.

Inside this cavity is a large cluster of massive young stars with temperatures ranging from 10,000 to 50,000 degrees Celsius. For comparison, the surface temperature of the Sun is 5,505 degrees.

Star formation in the dwarf galaxy NGC 4214 2
NGC 4214 is a barred dwarf irregular galaxy

Strong stellar winds from young luminaries are responsible for the appearance of a heart-shaped bubble in which there is practically no gas. This fact prevents further star formation.

The image was taken on May 12, 2011 by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

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