The Tarantula Nebula in the LMC
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The Tarantula Nebula in the LMC

May 19, 2005
This photo is a reproduction of a composite colour image of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and its surroundings. The LMC is a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way system, located in the southern constellation Dorado (The Swordfish) at a distance of approximately 170,000 light-years. The image is based on 15 exposures in the visual part of the spectrum with the Wide Field Imager (WFI) camera on the 2.2-m MPG/ESO telescope at the La Silla Observatory. A number of small areas near the borders were not covered in all three colours and have been left black.

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