The European Southern Observatory image shows the N180 B nebula, a well-known source of new stars.
The image of the galaxy includes up to 15 million stars.
The discovery could help unlock the secrets of the formation of the universe.
Researchers used the European Space Agency's star-mapping satellite to make a stunning discovery about the Milky Way.
Galaxy 12 billion light years away is spewing out stars 1,000 times faster than the Milky Way.
A red giant pierces the billowing cloud of this vibrant nebula.
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The image reveals in incredible detail a fiery region surrounding the supermassive black hole that lies at the heart of the Milky Way.
The incredible discovery will help astronomers unlock the secrets of the universe's very first galaxies.
Mark Heyer took 20 years of radio telescope data to create the composition.
Astronomers previously thought these events only occurred around 3 billion years after the Big Bang, but they were happening when the universe was only half that age.
The "unprecedented map" captures the position and brightness of nearly 1.7 billion stars.
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Scientists think the galaxy is expanding at about 550 yards per second.
"It's not Swiss watch precision," researchers say.
The fireworks are taking place about 350 million light-years away.
As one astronomer put it: "Wow!"
A new theoretical model of dark matter suggests it contains two distinct varieties of charged particles, which would allow it to form compact objects.
The planets sit in a galaxy 3.8 billion light years away.
The galaxy cluster, featured in a Hubble Space Telescope photo, weighs in at three million billion suns.