Tarantula Nebula in the LMC

160,000 light years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud is the Tarantula Nebula, which is a vast cloud of gas and dust that is a massive start factory.

It shines a about magnitude 8 and it is the most active star forming region known in the local group of galaxies. The diameter has been estimated between 65,000 and 1,900,000 light years. The nebula and the embedded cluster has an estimated mass of 450,000 times the the sun, suggesting it may eventually develop into a globular cluster of stars.

I captured the image with the 50cm reflector in the El Sauce Observatory situated in the Rio Hurtado valley, Chile , operated by the telescope.live web site. The colors are generated by using narrow band hydrogen alpha, sulphur III, and Oxygen II filtration and processed to the so-called “Hubble pallete”. Each filter was used for four five-minute exposures each for a total of 60 minutes. The image was processed with Pixinsight and Photoshop.


~ by Rsmith on October 26, 2020.

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