Astronomers photograph a star birth web of the cosmic Tarantula Nebula

The composite image of the star-forming region 30 Doradus – also known as the Tarantula Nebula – reveals regions of cold gas that can collapse to form stars. (Image credit: ESO, ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/Wong et al., ESO/M.-R. Cioni/VISTA Magellanic Cloud Survey.)

A newly released image of 30 Dorados, also known as the Tarantula Nebula, reveals thin, spider-web-like filaments of gas, revealing a dramatic battle between gravity and stellar energy that could give astronomers an idea of ​​how massive star-forming stars form. The region and why they continue to give birth inside this molecular cloud.

The high-resolution image of the Tarantula Nebula, located 170,000 light-years from Earth, is made up of data collected by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The Tarantula Nebula is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, one of the brightest star-forming regions in our galaxy’s backyard. It is also one of the most active stars in terms of the birth of new stars, some of which are more than 150 times the mass of the Sun. At the heart of the Large Magellanic Cloud is a stellar nursery that has given rise to 800,000 stars, half a million of which are hot, young and massive stars.

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