30 Doradus

R136 in 30 Doradus (Hubble image)

The huge stellar cluster R136, comprising massive O-type stars that will explode as supernovas within a few million years, resides within the Tarantula Nebula in 30 Doradus, about 170,000-190,000 light years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud. It’s the largest star-forming region in the Local Group of galaxies. The Hubble Space Telescope took this false-colour image between October 20 and 27, 2009, with its new Wide Field Camera 3; the view spans about 100 light years. Via Gizmodo and Universe Today. Image credit: NASA, ESA, and F. Paresce (INAF-IASF, Bologna, Italy), R. O’Connell (University of Virginia, Charlottesville), and the Wide Field Camera 3 Science Oversight Committee.