Detail View: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Collection: In the Heart of the Tarantula Nebula

In the Heart of the Tarantula Nebula
In the heart of monstrous Tarantula Nebula [ ] lies one of the most unusual star clusters. Known as NGC 2070 or R136 [ ], it is home to a great number of hot young stars. The energetic light from these stars continually ionizes nebula gas, while their energetic particle wind [ ] blows bubbles and defines intricate filaments. The above representative-color picture [ ] of this great LMC [ ] cluster details its tumultuous center in gas, dust [ ] and young stars. The 30 Doradus [ ] nebula is one of the largest star-formation regions known, and has been creating unusually strong episodes of star formation every few million years. In the heart of this heart is a central knot of stars [ ] that is so dense it was once thought to be a single star.
Credit and Copyright: 
Gary Bernstein [ ] & Megan Novicki (U. Michigan [ ]);
30 Doradus
Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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