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Hubble Sees Newborn Stars in Arms of a Spiral Galaxy

NGC 5559 was discovered by astronomer William Herschel in 1785 and lies approximately 240 million light-years away in the northern constellation of Boötes (the herdsman)

In 2001, a calcium-rich supernova called 2001co was observed in NGC 5559. Calcium-rich supernovae are described as “fast-and-faint,” as they're less luminous than other types of supernovae and also evolve more rapidly, to reveal spectra dominated by strong calcium lines. 2001co occurred within the disk of NGC 5559 near star-forming regions, but calcium-rich supernovae are often observed at large distances from the nearest galaxy, raising curious questions about their progenitors.

For more information about this study, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2017/hubble-sees-newborn-stars-in-arms-of-a-spiral-galaxy

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