<p>These Hubble pictures reveal the tadpole galaxy Kiso 5639. Its "head," rich in hydrogen and helium, <a href="https://arxiv.org/pdf/1605.02822v1.pdf" target="_blank">is a hotbed for star formation</a>, as seen via the infrared (red) glow in the top image.</p>

Rocket's Red Glare

These Hubble pictures reveal the tadpole galaxy Kiso 5639. Its "head," rich in hydrogen and helium, is a hotbed for star formation, as seen via the infrared (red) glow in the top image.

Photographs by NASA, ESA, and D. Elmegreen (Vassar College)

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