30 Doradus: A Massive Star-Forming Region
This animation of the active star-forming region 30 Doradus showcases Hubble's entire wavelength range, from ultraviolet to infrared.
30 Doradus (the Tarantula Nebula) is a very bright and active star-forming region outside of the Milky Way galaxy, at 160,000 light-years away. “30 Dor” is home to the central star cluster NGC 2070, including the most active region, R136, which appears in the central-right area of the image. R136 is a few million years old and contains many thousands of young stars, including several of the largest known. The visible (Hubble) bright blue stars shine out of the cleared cavity that is excavated by stellar winds. The redder stars are still partially embedded in the cloud material, seen in shadow except where illuminated by the cavity stars. In the infrared (Hubble) view the embedded stars shine more clearly through the intervening cloud material.
This animation is the same as above, played twice as fast.
Infrared image of 30 Doradus
Ultraviolet, Visible and Infrared image of 30 Doradus
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Video: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)
Images: NASA, ESA, F. Paresce (INAF-IASF, Bologna, Italy), R. O'Connell (University of Virginia, Charlottesville), and the Wide Field Camera 3 Science Oversight Committee
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Datasets used in this visualization
Hubble Space TelescopeID: 831Observed Data
Hubble Space Telescope WFC3ID: 874Observed Data Collected with Wide Field Camera 3
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