The Evolving Universe

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Tarantula Nebula • NGC 2070

Tarant image

Credit: Harvard-Smithsonian CfA

Observers: Nelson Caldwell and Brian McLeod, CfA

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The Tarantula nebula, a star formation region 50 times larger than the Orion Nebula, is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud - one of the Millky Way's nearest galactic neighbours. This image reveals that star formation in other galaxies happens in the same way it does in our own.

  • Distance from Earth: 160,000 light years
  • Size: 650 light years
  • Telescope: Magellan
  • Light: Infrared