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Nebulae :: NGC2070



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         Object NGC2070 - Tarantula Nebula
         Comment Discovered by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1751, the Tarantula nebula (aka NGC 2070) is a bright HII region located in the southern constellation of Dorado. The spider shaped structure is fuelled by the brightest and most prolific star-forming region in our galactic neighbourhood, known as 30 Doradus. 30 Doradus is home to several million young stars, among which live the most massive stars ever seen. The nebula resides 170,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small, satellite galaxy of our Milky Way.

An annotated image produced by Sakib Rasool is available here for reference. Thanks Sakib.

Image is a HaOIII+RGB composite.
         Optics RCOS 12.5" F/9 (2874mm FL)
         Camera Apogee Alta F16M - 1x1 bin (image scale: .65 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Software Bisque Paramount ME
         Exposure Total exposure time: 12.8 hours
         Date December 2013


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