Pockets of star formation in DDO 68

The dwarf galaxy DDO 68, also known as UGC 5340, lies about 40 million light-years away from Earth. Due to its proximity it became one of the 50 targets of LEGUS.

In UGC 5340, a pocket of rapid star birth appears in the lower right corner. This region of star formation was probably triggered by a gravitational interaction with an unseen companion galaxy. But star formation is present across the entire body of UGC 5340, and the relatively young stars are responsible for the galaxy’s blue-white colour.

An image of this galaxy was already released back in 2014 (heic1421). This newly-processed image now also shows ultraviolet radiation Hubble captured from the galaxy.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the LEGUS team

About the Image

Id:heic1810d
Type:Observation
Release date:17 May 2018, 19:00
Related releases:heic1810
Size:2696 x 1926 px

About the Object

Name:DDO 68
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Size : Dwarf
Distance:40 million light years
Constellation:Leo
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):9 56 49.13
Position (Dec):28° 49' 6.60"
Field of view:1.78 x 1.27 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 117.5° right of vertical


Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
UV
275 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
U
336 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
B
438 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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