Sunday, 20 January 2013

R136 in 30 Doradus Nebula

Galaxies, Stars and Nebulae series

Here's another one I wanted to share with you ..our wondrous universe truly is amazing.
(from originals taken by Hubble/NASA/ESA)

This one shows a group of stars of incredible majesty, sparkling like jewels in one of our neighbour galaxies
R136 in 30 Doradus Nebula
processed from the original by Highton Ridley

The massive, young stellar grouping, called R136, is only a few million years old and resides in the 30 Doradus Nebula, a turbulent star-birth region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way.
There is no known star-forming region in our galaxy as large or as prolific as 30 Doradus. Many of the diamond-like icy blue stars are among the most massive stars known. Several of them are over 100 times more massive than our Sun. These hefty stars are destined to pop off, like a string of firecrackers, as supernovas in a few million years.

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