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January 9, 2014 10:15 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2014-02

Electronic Book for Students with Visual Impairments Reaches for the Stars

An American Astronomical Society Meeting Release

January 9, 2014: This huge Hubble Space Telescope mosaic, spanning a width of 600 light-years, shows a star factory of more the 800,000 stars being born. The stars are embedded inside the Tarantula Nebula, a vibrant region of star birth that resides 170,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small, satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. Hubble's near-infrared sensitivity allows astronomers to see behind clouds of dust in the nebula to unveil where the newborn stars are clustered.

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