M82 is the prototype starburst galaxy, the closest galaxy with L(FIR)>L(V). Its inner kpc is experiencing a violent episode of star formation with a top-heavy initial mass function following a recent passage by M81. The result is a rich complex of OB stars, giant HII regions, supernovae and supernova remnants all driving a hot galactic wind. This observation should detect and resolve a considerable number of supernovae, young remnants, OB star clusters and X-ray binaries in addition to the X-ray luminous hot interstellar medium.
- Pub Date:
- September 1999
- Chandra Proposal ID #01700041