Nebula L 297
December 29, 2004
This image shows DEM L 297, another diffuse nebula that glows due to stars embedded in it and whose "divided" appearance is due to the presence of obscuring dust lanes. It is divided into two half-circle formed segments by a dark lane of interstellar dust in front of it. This nebula is found in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). Indeed, within the Tarantula complex of the LMC, many such dark and dusty clouds are seen in silhouette as they obscure bright nebulosity behind them. The sky field measures 6.5 x 5.7 arcsec; the orientation is the same.
Topics: Astrochemistry, Astronomical objects, Dorado constellation, Tarantula complex, Cosmic dust, Interstellar medium, Large Magellanic Cloud, Mensa constellation, Magellanic Clouds, Nebula