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Hubble Space Telescope Takes Snap of Dwarf Galaxy That Went Through 'Starburst'

© Photo : ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Chandar)Image of the dwarf galaxy NGC 1705 snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope
Image of the dwarf galaxy NGC 1705 snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.02.2022
The telescope last checked in on the galaxy in 1999. However, in those days Hubble used equipment inferior to what is installed on it now.
The Hubble Space Telescope has managed to take an updated photo of the dwarf galaxy NGC 1705, located some 17 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Pictor.
What was notable about the photo is that NGC 1705 went through a "starburst" phase recently (at least from the Earth's perspective). This means that the dwarf galaxy was undergoing the process of unusually rapid star formation, the Space.com online media outlet explained.
In the photo, NGC 1705 is surrounded by red cosmic "clouds" and is highlighted by bright starlight.
The European Space Agency describes NGC 1705 as a "cosmic oddball". It has an irregular shape, and normally such galaxies have fewer elements than regular ones.
The last time Hubble took a picture of NGC 1705 was in 1999. Scientists were studying its galactic centre at the time. The new shot of the galaxy is more detailed due to Hubble having undergone several upgrades since then.
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