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Tarantula nebula. Animation of a flight through the Tarantula Nebula, created with imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope. Also known as 30 Doradus and NGC 2070, the Tarantula nebula is an emission nebula spanning nearly 1000 light years across. More than 800 thousand stars and protostars are embedded in this vast stellar nursery. Powerful winds from these stars sculpt the nebula, producing its characteristic shape. The Tarantula nebula lies about 170 thousand light years from Earth, within the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) in the constellation Doradus.
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