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April 17, 2012 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2012-01

Hubble's 22nd Anniversary Image Shows Turbulent Star-making Region

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Image: Hubble Images 30 Doradus: Hodge 301

Hubble Images 30 Doradus: Hodge 301

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The star cluster Hodge 301 is 20 million to 25 million years old. Hodge 301 is home to many aging, red supergiant stars, indicating the cluster is older. Roughly 40 massive stars already have exploded as supernovas. The expanding wave of debris is slamming into gas ejected by stars in R136, creating a ridge of star formation between the two clusters. The fledgling stars are embedded in dense gas and cannot be seen.

30 Doradus is the brightest, nearby star-forming region and home to the most massive stars in our cosmic neighborhood of about 25 galaxies. The nebula is close enough to Earth that Hubble can resolve individual stars, giving astronomers important information about the stars' birth and evolution. 30 Doradus resides 170,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small, satellite galaxy of our Milky Way.

Object Names: Tarantula Nebula, 30 Doradus, 30 Dor, NGC 2070

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, D. Lennon and E. Sabbi (ESA/STScI), J. Anderson, S. E. de Mink, R. van der Marel, T. Sohn, and N. Walborn (STScI), N. Bastian (Excellence Cluster, Munich), L. Bedin (INAF, Padua), E. Bressert (ESO), P. Crowther (University of Sheffield), A. de Koter (University of Amsterdam), C. Evans (UKATC/STFC, Edinburgh), A. Herrero (IAC, Tenerife), N. Langer (AifA, Bonn), I. Platais (JHU), and H. Sana (University of Amsterdam)

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Montage Image: Close-up Images of 30 Doradus Features Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated Close-up Images of 30 Doradus FeaturesPRC2012-01b Hubble Images 30 Doradus: NGC 2070 Image Type: Astronomical Hubble Images 30 Doradus: NGC 2070 Hubble Images 30 Doradus: NGC 2060 Image Type: Astronomical Hubble Images 30 Doradus: NGC 2060 Hubble Images 30 Doradus: the Effects of Massive Stars in R136 Image Type: Astronomical Hubble Images 30 Doradus: the Effects of Massive Stars in R136

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