The Cigar Galaxy, M82, is experiencing a furious phase of star formation. Clouds of gas and dust are collapsing into stars across the center of this galaxy, and the Very Large Array has mapped them here as bright points. Streaming out from many of the star-forming regions are the jets from giant young stars pushing charged, excess gas up and out of their accretion disks. This VLA radio image (tinted green) has been placed on top of an optical image from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Credit: Bill Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF); Hubble (NASA/ESA/STScI)
Technical Details Telescope: VLA; VLA; VLA Band: C; C; C Date: 2011-02-27T01:22:33.848648; 2011-02-27T01:22:33.848648; 2011-02-27T01:22:33.848648 Center: RA: 9:55:59.04, Dec: 69:44:44.94 Field of View: 7.6 x 5.2 arcminutes