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

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In the Heart of the Tarantula Nebula
Explanation: 
In the heart of monstrous Tarantula Nebula [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap991026.html ] lies one of the most unusual star clusters. Known as NGC 2070 or R136 [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap971004.html ], 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 [ http://gamma.nrl.navy.mil/dap-aps/dapaps/posters/Winds/Winds.htm ] blows bubbles and defines intricate filaments. The above representative-color picture [ http://www.astro.lsa.umich.edu/btc/btc.html ] of this great LMC [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap980203.html ] cluster details its tumultuous center in gas, dust [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap990919.html ] and young stars. The 30 Doradus [ http://www.aao.gov.au/local/www/dfm/aat044.html ] 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 [ http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-bib_query?bibcode=1984AExpr...1...45W ] that is so dense it was once thought to be a single star.
Credit and Copyright: 
Gary Bernstein [ http://www.astro.lsa.umich.edu/users/garyb/ ] & Megan Novicki (U. Michigan [ http://www.astro.lsa.umich.edu/ ]);
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30 Doradus
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Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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USERS
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http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap991027.html
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SPD-APOD-ap991027