Bubble nebulae in NGC 6822
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Bubble nebula in A galaxy of the Local Group, NGC 6822 NGC6822.jpg
Top left is NE. Image width is about 4.6 arc min
Image and text © 1992-2010, Australian Astronomical Observatory, photograph by David Malin.


NGC 6822 is a nearby irregular galaxy in Sagittarius, reminiscent of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). Like the LMC it contains many, extremely hot stars of the Wolf-Rayet type, stars which often have intense stellar winds blasting from their surfaces. Small groups of such stars are found at the centres of the bubble nebulae seen here, which are are the result of the stellar winds colliding with the more or less stationary interstellar medium in NGC 6822. At the interface of the collision, the interstellar medium glows, producing a thin, luminous bubble. Such bubbles are rare in the more turbulent Milky Way galaxy, but Henize 70 in the Large Magellanic Cloud is similar.

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Updated by David Malin, 2010, August 1