The rich region around the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Glowing brightly about 160 000 light-years away, the Tarantula Nebula is the most spectacular feature of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way. This image from VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile shows the region and its rich surroundings in great detail. It reveals a cosmic landscape of star clusters, glowing gas clouds and the scattered remains of supernova explosions.

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ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1816a
Type:Observation
Release date:30 May 2018, 12:00
Related releases:eso1816
Size:16655 x 16719 px

About the Object

Name:Tarantula Nebula
Type:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Local Universe : Nebula
Constellation:Dorado
Category:Nebulae
Star Clusters

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 39 0.40
Position (Dec):-69° 26' 30.16"
Field of view:59.41 x 59.64 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
g
480 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
g
480 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
r
625 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
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625 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
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770 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
H-alpha
659 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM

 

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