Massive Starbirth in N81

A NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope 'family portrait' of young, ultra-bright stars nested in their embryonic cloud of glowing gases. The celestial maternity ward, called N81, is located 200, 000 light-years away in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), a small irregular satellite galaxy of our Milky Way.

Credit:

Mohammad Heydari-Malayeri (Paris Observatory, France), NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9825a
Type:Observation
Release date:23 July 1998, 06:00
Size:731 x 731 px

About the Object

Name:N81
Type:Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:200000 light years
Constellation:Tucana
Category:Nebulae

Coordinates

Position (RA):1 9 13.29
Position (Dec):-73° 11' 38.48"
Field of view:0.55 x 0.55 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 8.1° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
H-beta
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Ultraviolet
U
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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