Tarantula Nebula

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The sprawling cosmic Tarantula Nebula, also known as 30 Doradus, is one of the largest and most active star forming regions known to the local galaxy group. The nebula is an energetic star forming region some 168,000 light-years distant in our neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud. The region is around 1000 light years wide.

Regions and objects


Among other objects, the nebula houses the Hodge 301 star cluster.

The Core

There is a cluster of stars at the heart of this nebula, a very compact cluster known as the Heart of Typhared. In its midst are twelve very massive and luminous stars almost exclusively of spectral type O3.