Zoom on Artist's impression

This is an artist's impression of the biggest and brightest star-birth region seen in the universe to date. The newly identified megastar-birth cluster contains 1 million ultra-hot stars and presumably many millions of dimmer stars. Their torrent of ultraviolet radiation illuminates huge placental walls of cold hydrogen gas. This super star-birth region is a rarely seen example of the early days of the universe where furious firestorms of star birth blazed across the skies.

ESA/Hubble (M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen)

About the Video

Release date:30 October 2003, 15:00
Related releases:heic0312
Duration:21 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object


r.titleLarge QT
4.3 MB


r.titleVideo Podcast
3.4 MB
r.titleMedium MPEG-1
8.4 MB
r.titleMedium Flash
4.3 MB


r.titleSmall Flash
2.1 MB
r.titleSmall QT
1.0 MB

For Broadcasters

r.titleBroadcast SD
72.9 MB

Also see our

Privacy policy Accelerated by CDN77