SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Giant Star, Mars Aurorae, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Giant Star, Mars Aurorae, More
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November 20, 2008--Scientists have solved the mystery of a small loner galaxy that pumps out stars faster than any galaxy in the Milky Way.

The galaxy, dubbed NGC 1569, is farther away than previously thought, the Hubble Space Telescope has found.

That extra distance places it among other galaxies, and interactions with these other bodies may be "igniting a star-birthing frenzy," experts said.

"Now the starburst activity [previously] seen in NGC 1569 makes sense," study leader Alessandra Aloisi of the Space Telescope Science Institute said in a statement.
—Image by NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and A. Aloisi (STScI/ESA)
 
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