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The Sprawling Tarantula NebulaThis immense star forming region…

The Sprawling Tarantula Nebula

This immense star forming region is located in a nearby galaxy
known as The Large Magellanic Cloud.

The region’s spidery appearance is responsible for its popular name –
the Tarantula
nebula… except that this tarantula is about 1,000
light-years across, and 180,000 light-years
away in the southern constellation
Dorado.

The spindly arms of the
Tarantula nebula
surround
NGC 2070,
a star cluster that contains some of the brightest,
most massive stars known.

Intriguing details of the nebula are visible in
this
scientifically-colored image.

The cosmic Tarantula
also lies near the site of the closest
recent supernova.

Credit: NASA/apod

Source: Astronomical Wonders

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