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Tarantula Nebula, composite image

Tarantula Nebula, composite image

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NASA / CXC / PSU / JPL / L.TOWNSLEY ET AL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NASA / CXC / PSU / JPL / L.TOWNSLEY ET AL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070, 30 Doradus), composite image. This emission nebula is 160,000 light years from Earth, in the constellation of Dorado. This composite image combines data in X-ray (from the ACIS instrument of the Chandra X-ray Observatory) and infrared (from the IRAC instrument of the Spitzer Space Telescope). Within the nebula are around 2400 massive stars producing intense radiation and powerful stellar winds. Multi-million-degree gas (producing X-rays, blue) carves out gigantic bubbles in the surrounding cooler gas and dust (producing infrared, orange). Image published in 2011.

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