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October 16, 2006 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-46

Super Star Clusters in the Antennae Galaxies

A Hubble Heritage Release

October 16, 2006: This new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Antennae galaxies is the sharpest yet of this merging pair of galaxies. During the course of the collision, billions of stars will be formed. The brightest and most compact of these star birth regions are called super star clusters. The new image allows astronomers to better distinguish between the stars and super star clusters created in the collision of two spiral galaxies.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Acknowledgment: B. Whitmore (Space Telescope Science Institute)