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Starbursting in the Galaxy M82
February 3, 2014
Recently, Messier 82 (M82) became the galaxy in which the nearest supernova in decades exploded. It is also the closest galaxy undergoing a rapid burst of star formation, known as a starburst. About 12 million light-years away, it is seen nearly edge-on, as shown in the larger, visible-light image from the Hubble Space Telescope.
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