Hubble's panoramic view of a star-forming region

30 Doradus is the brightest star-forming region in our galactic neighbourhood and home to the most massive stars ever seen. The nebula resides 170 000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small, satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. No known star-forming region in our galaxy is as large or as prolific as 30 Doradus.

The image comprises one of the largest mosaics ever assembled from Hubble photos and includes observations taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys, combined with observations from the European Southern Observatory’s MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope which trace the location of glowing hydrogen and oxygen.

The image is being released to celebrate Hubble's 22nd anniversary.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, ESO, D. Lennon and E. Sabbi (ESA/STScI), J. Anderson, S. E. de Mink, R. van der Marel, T. Sohn, and N. Walborn (STScI), N. Bastian (Excellence Cluster, Munich), L. Bedin (INAF, Padua), E. Bressert (ESO), P. Crowther (Sheffield), A. de Koter (Amsterdam), C. Evans (UKATC/STFC, Edinburgh), A. Herrero (IAC, Tenerife), N. Langer (AifA, Bonn), I. Platais (JHU) and H. Sana (Amsterdam)

About the Image

Id:heic1206a
Type:Observation
Release date:17 April 2012, 15:00
Related releases:heic1206
Size:20323 x 16259 px

About the Object

Name:30 Doradus, Tarantula Nebula
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
• Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Star Clusters Images/Videos
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:170000 light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
I
775 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
775 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
OIII
501 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

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