Friday, January 6, 2012

APOD 2.7

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5,000 light years across and located 2.3 million light years away in the northern boundaries of Cassiopeia IC 10 is young irregualr dwarf galaxy. It is still very young and there is lots of dust in the galaxy that blocks large portions of the light it produces. The redness of the dust shows that it is made of young stars and still  full of vigorous star formation. IC 10 is the closest known starburst galaxy and has a large population of young, large, and extremely luminous stars.

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