Out of the Void Poster by Bebops
Monday, June 22, 2015
tagged with: astronomy, stellar nursery, r136, 30 doradus nebula, massive stars, large magellanic cloud, amazing hubble images, tarantula nebula, hrbstslr dorneblmc, star galaxies, star cluster
Galaxies, Stars and Nebulae series: Hundreds of brilliant blue stars wreathed by warm, glowing clouds in appear in this the most detailed view of the largest stellar nursery in our local galactic neighborhood. The massive, young stellar grouping, called R136, is only a few million years old and resides in the 30 Doradus (or Tarantula) Nebula, a turbulent star-birth region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way.
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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Image credit: Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3
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