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Tarantula Nebula Is Growing!

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Don’t like spiders? Well, here’s one that will grow on you! Located about 160,000 light years in the web of the Large Magellanic Cloud, star-forming region 30 Doradus is best known as the “Tarantula Nebula”. But don’t let it “bug” you… this space-born arachnid is home to giant stars whose intense radiation causes stellar winds to blast through surrounding gases to give us an incredible view.

When seen through the eyes of the Chandra X-ray Observatory, these huge shockwaves of x-ray energy heat the encompassing gaseous environment up to multi-millions of degrees and show up as blue. The supernovae detonations blast their way outward… gouging out “bubbles” in the cooler gas and dust. They show up hued as orange when observed through infra-red emissions and recorded by the Spitzer Space Telescope.

via Tarantula Nebula Is Growing!.

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Written by edparnell

November 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Posted in Awesome, Space

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