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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: NGC 2060

Hubble Images 30 Doradus: NGC 2060

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The star cluster NGC 2060 is a loose collection of stars that are no longer gravitationally bound to each other. The stellar grouping will disperse in a few million years. It contains a supernova that exploded about 10,000 years ago, blowing out gas surrounding it. The dark region below the cluster is a dense cloud of dust lying in front of it.

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: Hodge 301 Image Type: Astronomical Hubble Images 30 Doradus: Hodge 301 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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