30 Doradus Nebula, Visible and Infrared Comparison

30 Doradus Nebula, Visible and Infrared Comparison

Download Options

Fast Facts
News release ID: STScI-2014-02
Release Date: Jan 9, 2014
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

This is a close-up view of a star-birth region within the 30 Doradus nebula that lies inside the satellite galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, 170,000 light-years away. A Hubble Space Telescope view in visible light (left) reveals glowing clouds of hydrogen and dark filamentary structures of dust.

When viewed by Hubble in near-infrared light (right), innumerable stars and protostars can be seen behind the dusty veil. Newly formed stars are often embedded in clouds of dust, and only the near-infrared light can pass through these clouds.

This set of images was taken with the Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3.

Annotated Observations, Emission Nebulae, Galaxies, Hubble Telescope, Magellanic Clouds, Nebulae, Observations


Credit: NASA, ESA, and E. Sabbi (STScI)