30 Doradus

This image from the 22nd anniversary of Hubble shows a turbulent star-making region.

In the heart of the Tarantula nebula lies 30 Doradus,  the brightest star-forming region in our galactic neighborhood. It is home to several million young stars; including the most massive stars ever seen. The nebula is situated 170,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small, satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. No known star-forming region in our galaxy is as large or as prolific as 30 Doradus.

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Object Name: Tarantula Nebula, 30 Doradus, 30 Dor, NGC 2070

Release Date: Apr 14, 2012

Image Credits: NASA, ESA, D. Lennon and E. Sabbi (ESA/STScI), J. Anderson, S. E. de Mink, R. van der Marel, T. Sohn, and N. Walborn (STScI), N. Bastian (Excellence Cluster, Munich), L. Bedin (INAF, Padua), E. Bressert (ESO), P. Crowther (University of Sheffield), A. de Koter (University of Amsterdam), C. Evans (UKATC/STFC, Edinburgh), A. Herrero (IAC, Tenerife), N. Langer (AifA, Bonn), I. Platais (JHU), and H. Sana (University of Amsterdam)


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