Star-forming region LH 95

Star-forming region LH 95

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Caption: Swirls of gas and dust reside in this ethereal-looking region of star formation seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. This majestic view, located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), reveals a region where low-mass, infant stars and their much more massive stellar neighbors reside. A shroud of blue haze gently lingers amid the stars. Known as LH 95, this is just one of the hundreds of star-forming systems, called associations, located in the LMC some 160,000 light-years distant. Earlier ground-based observations of such systems had only allowed astronomers to study the bright blue giant stars present in these regions. With Hubble's resolution, the low-mass stars can now be analyzed, which will allow for a more accurate calculation of their ages and masses.

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Keywords: association, astronomical photography, astronomy, astrophotography, dust, gas, hst, hubble, hubble image, hubble space telescope, large magellanic cloud, lh 95, lmc, star, star-forming region, telescope image

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