Galaxy NGC 1792
December 24, 2003
NGC 1792 is located in the southern constellation Columba (The Dove) -- almost on the border with the constellation Caelum (The Graving Tool) -- and is a so-called starburst spiral galaxy. Its optical appearance is quite chaotic, due to the patchy distribution of dust throughout the disc of this galaxy. It is very rich in neutral hydrogen gas -- fuel for the formation of new stars -- and is indeed rapidly forming such stars. The galaxy is characterized by unusually luminous far-infrared radiation; this is due to dust heated by young stars.
Topics: Galaxy, Barred spiral galaxies, Spiral galaxies, Starburst galaxy, NGC, Dorado Group, Coma Berenices constellation, Interacting galaxies, NGC 17