Emerging Super Star Clusters in NGC 4449

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Radio imaging with the Very Large Array captures newborn massive star clusters as they emerge from their birth material in the galaxy NGC 4449. These "super star clusters" contain tens to hundreds of thousands of stars. The young stars produce hot ionized gas which is detectable at radio wavelengths, shown in blue here. An image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the visible starlight in yellow.

Investigator(s):  Amy Reines, Kelsey Johnson, and Miller Goss

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Technical Data

    Telescope VLA 
    Type of Observation Continuum Observations 
    Center of Image RA: 12:28:13.00, Dec: 44:05:54.00 (J2000)  
    Field of View 0.0433 x 0.0500 degrees  

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