Tarantula Nebula, composite image

Tarantula Nebula, composite image

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This image is part of the feature Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary

Credit: NASA/ESA/ESO/D. LENNON AND E. SABBI (ESA/STSCI)/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tarantula Nebula (30 Doradus). Combined optical and infrared image of the large star-forming region known as the Tarantula Nebula. This nebula is is 170,000 light years from Earth, in the constellation of Dorado. It is part of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. Image data obtained with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) instruments of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Glowing hydrogen and oxygen are revealed by observations made with the Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the ground-based MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope. Image published in 2012.

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