Wrapping Winter Wishes Around the Tarantula Nebula

Wrapping Winter Wishes Around the Tarantula Nebula

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News release ID: STScI-2014-02
Release Date: Nov 26, 2014
Image Use: Copyright
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Hubble reveals a glittering treasure trove of more than 800,000 stars and protostars embedded inside the Tarantula Nebula. This near-infrared view reveals newly formed stars that are often embedded in clouds of dust, and only the near-infrared light can pass through these clouds.

Also known as 30 Doradus, the Tarantula Nebula is a raucous region of star birth that resides 170,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small, satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. Because it contains the nearest observable super-cluster of stars, the nebula is a nearby laboratory for seeing close-up a firestorm of star birth that was much more common in the early universe.

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American Astronomical Society Meeting, Annotated, Artwork, Astronomical, Emission Nebulae, Galaxies, Hubble Telescope, Illustrations, Magellanic Clouds, Nebulae

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NASA, ESA, and E. Sabbi (STScI)