A tarantula and a seahorse make-up of these beautiful nebulae

This image is from the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’S Paranal Observatory in Chile shows the brilliant Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud.


Astronomers have captured a striking new image of the Tarantula Nebula with the highlights of its abundance of stars and stunning clarity.

An orbit around our milky way Galaxy is the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy. The most striking feature of this galaxy is the Tarantula Nebula — a huge cloud of dust and gas that is in the possession of a number of the most massive stars astronomers have ever discovered. Using the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Paranal Observatory in Chile, astronomers captured a new, mesmerizingly detailed image of the nebula.

However, this image does more than just show of the beauty of the Tarantula Nebula, which can be seen on the top of the image. The photo also shows how many star clusters call this nebula, also known as 30 Doradus, at home. [Cosmic Spider: Amazing Tarantula Nebula Photos]

On the bright center of the Tarantula Nebula is a giant star cluster NGC 2070, the core of which are some of the largest and most bright stars, humans have ever observed, according to a statement from the ESO. Stars 300 times the mass of the sun have found in the Tarantula Nebula. In fact, the stars that are twice as massive as astronomers previously thought that could form are found in this nebula. These great features make the Tarantula Nebula, the diameter of which extends from 1,000 light-years away, a unique and special area.

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In addition to the Tarantula Nebula, of which the filaments evoke the image of a spider, this image also houses a seahorse-shaped structure. The “Seahorse of the Large Magellanic Cloud,” is actually a star cluster and bright nebula named NGC 2074. Seen here in the middle of the image, this structure is about 20 light-years long — almost five times the distance between the sun and Alpha Centauri, our closest stellar neighbor, according to the declaration of ESO. Over time, however, if there are more stars in the cluster, light and wind, and the stars will blow the dust pillars that NGC 2074, the unique structure of the statement of the ESO said.

As telescopic technology advances, so will our image of the universe. This image was made possible not only by the VST, but also by the 256-megapixel camera, called OmegaCAM, which use colored filters to get the red glow of ionized hydrogen in the milky way prominently visible.

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