Two very different glowing gas clouds in the Large Magellanic Cloud

ESO's Very Large Telescope has captured a detailed view of a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud — one of the Milky Way's satellite galaxies. This sharp image reveals two glowing clouds of gas. NGC 2014 (right) is irregularly shaped and red and its neighbour, NGC 2020, is round and blue. These odd and very different forms were both sculpted by powerful stellar winds from extremely hot newborn stars that also radiate into the gas, causing it to glow brightly.

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About the Image

Id:eso1335a
Language:en-us
Type:Observation
Release date:7 August 2013, 12:00
Related releases:eso1335
Size:3418 x 3418 px

About the Object

Name:Henize 55, Large Magellanic Cloud, NGC 2014, NGC 2020
Type:• Local Universe : Nebula
• X - Nebulae
Distance:160000 light years
Constellation:Dorado

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 32 24.06
Position (Dec):-67° 41' 16.41"
Field of view:7.17 x 7.17 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° right of vertical
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BandTelescope
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