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In a Galaxy Not Too Far Away, Lurks a Cosmic Spider.

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The Tarantula Nebula The Tarantula Nebula Jaspal Chadha, London UK/Professor Luiz Duczmal, Brazil

Long ago before telescopes were available, many people looked at this cosmic object and assumed it was a bright star. Little did they know it was actually a nebula full of exploding stars and new solar systems at the edge of a small, near by galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud. 


The Tarantula Nebula got its name because its glowing filaments of dust resemble the legs of a spider.

It is a giant starburst region where the energy from the bright, hot young stars creates huge voids and filaments in the surrounding clouds of gas.

It is huge, being nearly 640 light years across. It is also known as 30 Doradus, Caldwell 103 and NGC 2070. It is the most active region of star formation in our local group of galaxies. This image is a bit larger than 1/2 degree square. North is to the lower left. This cosmic wonder is where the closest supernova supernova since the invention of the telescope took place, 1987A occurred at the edge of the Tarantula. This image shows the incredibly intricate and varied structure from the use of narrowband filters that significantly increase structural contrast

This image has been captured by Professor Luiz Duczmal from Brazil and the image has been processed by Jaspal Chadha from London UK.

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