R136: 30 Doradus Nebula  

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R136: 30 Doradus Nebula
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The Hubble news centers’ Christmas image release: The massive, young stellar grouping, called R136. It resides in the 30 Doradus Nebula, a turbulent star-birth region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. There is no known star-forming region in our galaxy as large or as prolific as 30 Doradus. Many of the diamond-like icy blue stars are among the most massive stars known. Several of them are over 100 times more massive than our Sun. These hefty stars are destined to die, like a string of firecrackers, as supernovas in a few million years.

The image, taken in ultraviolet, visible, and red light by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3, spans about 100 light-years. The nebula is close enough to Earth that Hubble can resolve individual stars, giving astronomers important information about the birth and evolution of stars in the universe.

The Hubble observations were taken Oct. 20-27, 2009. The blue color is light from the hottest, most massive stars; the green from the glow of oxygen; and the red from fluorescing hydrogen.

Image Credit: NASA/ESA, INAF-IASF, Bologna, Italy.


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01/06/10 10:13 AM GMT
How amazing!! It's just beyond words!!
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Why do the pictures come out square when the lens is round??
01/06/10 9:15 PM GMT
I agree.Magnificent,Phil..Faved.
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01/09/10 9:55 PM GMT
Pretty far out! Geddit?
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01/10/10 9:34 AM GMT
Wow! its stunning
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01/13/10 5:55 PM GMT
Wow, it's so hard to think of these photos as "real"...they are so outstanding, and gorgeous. I appreciate your explanation of this also. To even think of all those 'light years' is amazing.
Our brains have a hard time with that. But I do so enjoy your postings...this is beautiful. Verena
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I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. --Albert Einstein
07/17/13 7:32 AM GMT
A lovelly nebula, just stunning...
I do feel sorry for that lonely red star though :p

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