In this new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope – released January 2, 2018 – a firestorm of star birth is lighting up one end of the dwarf galaxy Kiso 5649 (aka LEDA 36252). ESA said:
The galaxy is a member of a class of galaxies called ‘tadpoles’ because of their bright heads and elongated tails. This galaxy resides relatively nearby, at a distance of 80 million light-years. Tadpoles are rare in the local universe but common in the distant universe, suggesting that many galaxies pass through a phase like this as they evolve.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.