New image of the Tarantula Nebula

Glowing brightly about 160,000 light-years away, the Tarantula Nebula is the most spectacular feature of the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of our Milky Way’s satellite galaxies.

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.

Read more and see an annotated version of this image from ESO

Bottom line: New image of the Tarantula Nebula from ESO.

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Eleanor Imster