June 25, 2014

Hubble Images Tarantula Nebula In New Detail

The Tarantula Nebula is a region of star clusters, glowing gas, and dark dust. A project called the Hubble Tarantula Treasury Project is exploring and mapping this nebula to better understand its starry anatomy. The Tarantula is located in one of our closest neighbors, the Large Magellanic Cloud. This particular image is composed of near-infrared observations from both Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys. The purple haze you see comes from a combination of infrared filters. The project will continue to scan and image many of the stars within the Tarantula, helping astronomers better understand the nebula’s structure.

[ Read the Article: NASA’s Hubble Telescope Looks Deep Inside The Tarantula Nebula ]

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