The Cigar Galaxy - M82 in Star-burst
12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major (which some of you may know as the Big Dipper!) lies a Star-Burst Galaxy known as the Cigar Galaxy. The Galaxy is undergoing a period of intense star formation known as a Star-Burst. It is thanks to this Star-Burst that the Cigar Galaxy is almost 5 times more luminous than our own Milky-way. The Hubble Telescope has discovered nearly 200 young star clusters in the processes of forming. Stars in most of these clusters are being born 10 times faster than across our entire milky-way!
Credit: NASA/IPAC & Hubble