Massive Star Formation in Dwarf Galaxy NGC 4214

NGC 4214 is located approximately 10 million light-years away from earth in the constellation of Canes Venatici. The galaxy’s relatively close proximity and its variety of stars make it an ideal target for Astronomers wanting to research the triggers of star formation and evolution. In addition to having many young stars and gas clouds, this dwarf galaxy also has clusters of much older red supergiant stars. The distribution of stars suggests that this is not the first star-burst period in the life of NGC 4214.

Credit: NASA/Hubble