Zoom into the Tarantula Nebula

Courtesy of the European Southern Observatory, this crisp, zoomable image of the Tarantula Nebula. A description of the Tarantula Nebula from the invaluable Astronomy Picture of the Day:

The largest, most violent star forming region known in the whole Local Group of galaxies lays in our neighboring galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). Were the Tarantula Nebula at the distance of the Orion Nebula — a local star forming region — it would take up fully half the sky. Also called 30 Doradus, the red and pink gas indicates a massive emission nebula, although supernova remnants and dark nebula also exist there. The bright knot of stars left of center is called R136 and contains many of the most massive, hottest, and brightest stars known. The above image taken with the European Southern Observatory‘s (ESO’s) Wide Field Imager is one of the most detailed ever of this vast star forming region. ESO has made it possible to fly around and into this detailed image by clicking here.

It’s images like this that make me kick myself for not becoming a natural scientist.

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