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The Tarantula Nebula

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The Tarantula Nebula


as a star, 30 Doradus is actually an
immense star forming region in nearby galaxy
The Large Magellanic Cloud.

The region's spidery appearance is responsible for its popular name,
the Tarantula
, except that this tarantula is about
1,000 light-years across, and 180,000 light-years away in
the southern constellation

If the Tarantual Nebula were at the distance of the
Orion Nebula
(1,500 light-years), the nearest stellar nursery to Earth, it
would appear to cover about 30 degrees
on the sky or 60 full moons.

The spindly arms of the
Tarantula Nebula surround
NGC 2070, a cluster
that contains some of the intrinsically brightest,
most massive stars known.

Intriguing details of the nebula's core can be seen in
remarkable skyscape
, a composite
of 31 hours of exposure time.

This cosmic Tarantula
also lies near the site of the closest
recent supernova.

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