An impressive image of the Starburst Galaxy or Messier 82 captured using the Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy is notable for its bright blue disk, shredded clouds, and glowing blast of hydrogen at its core. Inside this galaxy stars are forming at a rate of 10 times faster than in our Milky Way galaxy. Young stars fill small but massive star clusters which congregate by the dozens to make the bright patches or "starburst clumps" in the central parts of the galaxy.
M82, also known as the Cigar Galaxy lies 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. Perfect for the astronomy buff or anyone with a fascination of the universe we live in.