Hubble Identifies Source of Ultraviolet Light in an Old Nebula

Hubble Space Telescope's exquisite resolution has allowed astronomers to resolve, for the first time, hot blue stars deep inside an elliptical galaxy. The swarm of nearly 8, 000 blue stars resembles a blizzard of snowflakes near the core (lower right) of the neighboring galaxy M 32, located 2.5 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and Thomas M. Brown, Charles W. Bowers, Randy A. Kimble, AllenV. Sweigart (NASA/ESA Goddard Space Flight Center) and Henry C. Ferguson ( Space Telescope Science Institute

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About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo9940a
Type:Observation
Release date:26 October 1999, 07:00
Size:966 x 939 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 32, NGC 221
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
Constellation:Andromeda

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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 42 41.81
Position (Dec):40° 51' 45.03"
Field of view:0.39 x 0.38 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 245.0° left of vertical

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