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Picture of the Day - Starburst Galaxy IC 10

Published by Matt on Mon Oct 12, 2009 12:31 pm via: source
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Lurking behind dust and stars near the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy, IC 10 is a mere 2.3 million light-years distant. Its light dimmed by the intervening dust, the irregular dwarf galaxy still shows off vigorous star-forming regions that shine with a telltale reddish glow in this colorful skyscape.

In fact, also a member of the Local Group of galaxies, IC 10 is the closest known starburst galaxy. Compared to other Local Group galaxies, IC 10 has a large population of newly formed stars that are massive and intrinsically very bright, including a luminous X-ray binary star system thought to contain a black hole. Located within the boundaries of the northern constellation Cassiopeia, IC 10 is about 5,000 light-years across.

Starburst Galaxy IC 10. Credit: Mike Siniscalchi

Starburst Galaxy IC 10. Credit: Mike Siniscalchi

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