The Hubble Space Telescope, a joint project between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), has captured a stunning image of NGC 1365, a distant star-forming place. The blue and fiery orange vortex is located in the constellation of The Furnace, showing us where the stars have just formed and the dusty places of the future star’s “nursery”.
“The bright light blue region indicates the presence of hundreds of ‘baby stars’ that are formed by a condensation of gas and dust in the outer arm of the galaxy,” ESA said in a statement shared by NASA on Friday.
This image is from Hubble’s collaboration with the Large Millimeter Wave/Subimeter Wave Array (ALMA) telescope in Atakama, Chile. According to ESA, the joint Phangs (High Angle Resolution Physics of Nearby Galaxies) survey “is expected to identify and clarify many of the links between cold gas clouds, star formation, and the overall shape and morphology of galaxies.”
Located in the constellation Fornax, this large spiral galaxy is about 60 million light-years from Earth.