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Animation of an Emerging Star Cluster in WLM Dwarf Irregular Galaxy

15 October, 2019 / Read time: 1 minute

Artist animation revealing an emerging star cluster in the WLM galaxy. The optical image of the galaxy was taken with the Blanco 4-meter telescope and ALMA data reveal the presence of dense clouds of star-forming dust and gas. The zoom-in illustrates how a collection of stars would appear within one such cloud.

Animation by B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF)
Optical data: P. Massey/Lowell Observatory and K. Olsen (NOAO/AURA/NSF)
ALMA data: M. Rubio et al., Universidad de Chile, ALMA (NRAO/ESO/NAOJ)
Music: Mark Mercury.