About the Image
- X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/L.Townsley et al.; Infrared: NASA/JPL/PSU/L.Townsley et al.
About the Object
- Tarantula Nebula
- Star > Grouping > Cluster
- Star > Evolutionary Stage > Young Stellar Object
- Nebula > Type > Star Formation
- 160,000 Light Years
|X-ray||1.5 keV||Chandra ACIS|
|Infrared||4.5 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||5.8 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||8.0 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
30 Doradus and The Growing Tarantula Within
About 2,400 massive stars in the center of 30 Doradus are producing intense radiation and powerful winds as they blow off material. Multimillion-degree gas detected in X-rays (blue) by the Chandra X-ray Observatory comes from shock fronts formed by these stellar winds and by supernova explosions. This hot gas carves out gigantic bubbles in the surrounding cooler gas and dust shown here in infrared emission from the Spitzer Space Telescope (orange).
Feature Article The Tarantula Glows with X-rays and Infrared Light feature11-12
Image 30 Doradus and The Growing Tarantula Within sig11-015
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