NGC 1569

Alt. Designations: ARP 210
Object Type: irregular galaxy
Constellation: Camelopardalis
Distance: 11 mly
Right Ascension: 04h 30m 49.1s
Declination: +64° 50´ 53"
Visual Magnitude: 11.2
Apparent Dimension: 3.7´ X 1.8´
Best Month To View: Dec

Dwarf galaxy NGC 1569 is apparently undergoing a burst of star forming activity, thought to have begun over 25 million years ago. The resulting turbulent environment is fed by supernova explosions as the cosmic detonations spew out material and trigger further star formation. Two massive star clusters - youthful counterparts to globular star clusters in our own spiral Milky Way galaxy - are seen left of center in the gorgeous Hubble Space Telescope image. The above picture spans about 8,000 light-years across NGC 1569. A mere 11 million light-years distant, this relatively close starburst galaxy offers astronomers an excellent opportunity to study stellar populations in rapidly evolving galaxies.