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Tarantula Nebula is located in the
neighboring galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud and is one of
the largest star-forming regions located close to the Milky Way.
A New View of the Tarantula Nebula
To celebrate its 22nd anniversary in orbit, the
Hubble Space Telescope released a dramatic new image of the
star-forming region 30 Doradus. It is also known as the Tarantula Nebula
because its glowing filaments resemble spider legs. A new image
from all three of NASA's Great Observatories -Chandra, Hubble and
Spitzer- has also been created to mark the event.
The nebula is located in the neighboring galaxy
called the Large Magellanic Cloud and is one of the largest
star-forming regions located close to the Milky Way. At the center
of 30 Doradus, thousands of massive stars are blowing off material
and producing intense radiation along with powerful winds. The
Chandra X-ray Observatory detects gas that has been heated to
millions of degrees by these stellar winds and also by supernova
These X-rays, colored blue in this composite
image, come from shock fronts--similar to sonic booms--formed by
this high-energy stellar activity.
The Hubble data in the composite image, colored
green, reveals the light from these massive stars along with
different stages of star birth, including embryonic stars a few
thousand years old still wrapped in cocoons of dark gas. Infrared
emission data from Spitzer, seen in red, shows cooler gas and dust
that have giant bubbles carved into them. These bubbles are
sculpted by the same searing radiation and strong winds that comes
from the massive stars at the center of 30 Doradus.
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NASA Tarantula Nebula:
by NASA (article dated 20 April 2012). Also source of
Image Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/L.Townsley et al.; Optical:
NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL/PSU/L.Townsley et al.
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