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R136: The Massive Stars of 30 Doradus December 13, 2005

Posted by jtintle in APoD, Deep Space, Hubble Telescope, JPL, Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), NASA, Nebula, Space Fotos.
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See Explanation.  Clicking on the picture will download  the highest resolution version available.
Credit: J. Trauger (JPL), J. Westphal (Caltech), N. Walborn (STScI), R. Barba’ (La Plata Obs.), NASA

Explanation: In the center of star-forming region 30 Doradus lies a huge cluster of the largest, hottest, most massive stars known. These stars, known as the star cluster R136, and part of the surrounding nebula are captured here in this gorgeous visible-light image from the Hubble Space Telescope. Gas and dust clouds in 30 Doradus, also known as the Tarantula Nebula, have been sculpted into elongated shapes by powerful winds and ultraviolet radiation from these hot cluster stars. The 30 Doradus Nebula lies within a neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, located a mere 170,000 light-years away.

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