Specialists of the European Space Agency have shown a new image of the Hubble Space Telescope. The photo shows the spiral galaxy NGC 4666, in which stars are now actively being born.
Spiral galaxy NGC 4666 takes center stage in a new image from NASA / ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope. It is located at a distance of about 80 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Virgo, now there are anomalously actively born stars. It is believed that the burst of star formation NGC 4666 is associated with gravitational interaction with its neighbors – the massive galaxy NGC 4668 and the unnamed dwarf galaxy.
The starburst burst of NGC 4666 is causing an unusual form of extreme galactic weather known as superwind – a giant transport of gas from the galaxy’s bright central heart into space. It appears as a result of gusts of wind from short-lived massive stars, as well as supernova explosions with incredible energy.
Over the past decade, NGC 4666 has seen two such supernova explosions, one in 2014 and the other in 2019. Scientists recently determined that the star that exploded in 2019 was 19 times more massive than the Sun.