THEOFANIS N. MATSOPOULOS / ESA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY THEOFANIS N. MATSOPOULOS / ESA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
This video shows a flight through the Tarantula Nebula, a star formation region located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a companion of the Milky Way. More than 800,000 stars and protostars are embedded in this gigantic stellar nursery. In addition to the stars the nebula contains several supernova remnants, indicators that the most massive stars of the cluster already exploded. The nebula is one of the largest and most active star formation regions in the Local Group. Its high activity can be explained due to its position on the leading edge of the Large Magellanic Cloud, where ram pressure stripping occurs and the interstellar medium in the nebula is compressed. In addition it is probably also fed by gas, which was stripped off from the Small Magellanic Cloud. In 1987 a supernova exploded in the nebula, which was the closest supernova to Earth since 1604.
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