Release 712 of 1,156

Hubble Photographs 'Double Bubble' in Neighboring Galaxy

Release date: Dec 5, 2002 12:00 AM (EST)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

A unique peanut-shaped cocoon of dust, called a reflection nebula, surrounds a cluster of young, hot stars in this view from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The "double bubble," called N30B, is inside a larger nebula, named DEM L 106. The larger nebula is embedded in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way located 160,000 light-years away. The wispy filaments of DEM L 106 fill much of the image.