Night Of 1000 Stars


Behold: some of the largest, hottest and most massive stars known to science. To wit:

These stars, known collectively as star cluster R136, part of the Tarantula Nebula, were captured in the featured image in visible light in 2009 through the Hubble Space Telescope. Gas and dust clouds in the Tarantula Nebula, have been sculpted into elongated shapes by powerful winds and ultraviolet radiation from these hot cluster stars. The Tarantula Nebula lies within a neighboring galaxy known as the Large Magellanic Cloud and is located a mere 170,000 light-years away.

(Image: NASA, ESA, & F. Paresce (INAF-IASF), R. O’Connell (U. Virginia) et al.)


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4 thoughts on “Night Of 1000 Stars

  1. Slightly Bemused

    I went out the other night when the skies were clear (and it was absolutely freezing cold). With the tennis club lights behind my house off, the sky was scintillating in stars. Nothing like this resolution, but the Mark 1.5 Eyeball did a good enough job, until the 0.5 started to steam up, fingertips turned blue, and a gentle retreat to a hot cuppa was needed.

    I love this series of wonders! Thanks Niall :-)

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