Hubble studies sequences of star formation in neighbouring galaxy [full WFPC2 frame]

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures the iridescent tapestry of star birth in a neighbouring galaxy in this panoramic view of glowing gas, dark dust clouds, and young, hot stars. The star-forming region, catalogued as N11B lies in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), located only 160,000 light-years from Earth. With its high resolution, the Hubble Space Telescope is able to view details of star formation in the LMC as easily as ground-based telescopes are able to observe stellar formation within our own Milky Way galaxy.

Our neighbourhood galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) lies in the Constellation of Dorado and is sprinkled with a number of regions harbouring recent and ongoing star formation. One of these star-forming region, N11B, is shown in this Hubble image. It is a subregion within a larger area of star formation called N11. N11 is the second largest star-forming region in LMC. It is only surpassed in the size and activity by "the king of stellar nurseries", 30 Doradus, located at the opposite side of LMC.

This image shows the full Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 frame.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)/HEIC

About the Image

Id:heic0411c
Type:Observation
Release date:1 July 2004, 15:00
Related releases:heic0411
Size:1509 x 1476 px

About the Object

Name:LHA 120-N 11B, N11B
Type:• Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:150000 light years
Constellation:Dorado

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Coordinates

Position (RA):4 56 52.36
Position (Dec):-66° 24' 36.31"
Field of view:2.51 x 2.46 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 160.1° left of vertical

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