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N11: A Giant Ring of Emission Nebulas
How did this unusually large nebula form?
One of the largest nebulas yet detected is actually a complex ring of
connected by glowing filaments.
, known as N11, spans over 1000
and is a
Large Magellanic Cloud
the largest satellite galaxy of our
Milky Way Galaxy
In the center of the
is open star cluster LH9, also known as NGC 1760,
composed of about 50 bright blue stars that emit radiation
that has eroded a hole in their surroundings.
for the formation of N11 is shells of successive generations of
stars being formed further out from the center.
bright region just above center
an explosive domain where stars are being formed even today.
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