Ground-based Image of Tarantula Nebula

Ground-based Image of Tarantula Nebula

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News release ID: STScI-2011-39
Release Date: Dec 5, 2011
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

This view shows part of the stellar nursery called the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small neighbor of the Milky Way. At the center lies the brilliant star VFTS 102. This view includes both visible-light and infrared images from the Wide Field Imager at the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at La Silla, Chile, and the 4.1-meter infrared VISTA telescope at Paranal, Chile. VFTS 102 is the fastest rotating star ever found.


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Annotated, Astronomical

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Credit: European Southern Observatory (ESO), M.-R. Cioni (VISTA Magellanic Cloud survey), and the Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit