Hubble photographed the Tarantula Nebula
(ORDO NEWS) — This image of the Tarantula Nebula was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
The Tarantula Nebula is a large star-forming region of ionized hydrogen gas located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, 161,000 light-years from Earth.
The Tarantula Nebula is the brightest star forming region in our galaxy. It contains very hot and massive stars.
This makes it an ideal natural laboratory for testing theories of star formation and evolution. Hubble has many images of this region.
The James Webb Space Telescope also recently explored this region and found thousands of new young stars.
This image combines data from two different surveillance proposals. The first was designed to study the properties of dust grains that exist in the void between stars.
They make up the dark clouds passing through this image. This proposal, which astronomers have named “Scylla”, shows how interstellar dust interacts with starlight in various environments.
It complements another Hubble program called Ulysses, which characterizes stars.
This image also includes data from an observational program studying star formation in conditions similar to the early universe and cataloging the stars in the Tarantula Nebula for future Webb research.
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