Astronomers using the VLT Survey Telescope at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile captured this very detailed new image of the Tarantula Nebula – aka 30 Doradus – one of the most famous sights of Earth’s southern skies.
The Tarantula Nebula – at the top of the image above – is about 160,000 light-years away. It spans more than 1,000 light-years. Astronomers know it as an energetic star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way.
Bottom line: New image of the Tarantula Nebula from ESO.
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