UIT observes Starburst Activity in M77
Nasa’s Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UIT) observed the inner disk of the
giant Seyfert spiral galaxy M77. This galaxy shows intense star-forming
activity at UV wavelengths. The UV-bright knots of starburst activity seem
to be closely associated with an inner bar of older stars (shown in the red
visible light image).
Compare to UIT observations of M100, where
star formation was observed as well.
M77 image from the Astro 1 mission: False color UV image
(probably a pseudocolor rendition of 1500/2500 Angstrom UIT exposures;
thanks to Bill Keel for this hint)
Last Modification: 6 Apr 1999, 13:50 MET