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Sean Liang

Location of Photo:

Sierra Remote Observatory at Auberry California USA

Date/Time of photo:

Dec 2021


Planewave 24" (0.61m) CDK; FLI-PL09000 CCD (Remote Astronomy via iTelescope)


The Tarantula Nebula is an extraordinary target in the Large Magellanic Cloud. It is one of our cosmic neighbourhood's most extreme star-forming regions - star birth, supernova explosions, globular clusters, emission nebula and cosmic bubbles all crammed into one place! The chaotic interaction of newborn stars and newly exploded supernovas created vast amounts of radiation and fierce interstellar wind. It blows the gigantic interstellar cloud into several cavities and streams of dust lanes. The radiation from those events ionised the gas clouds and caused them to shine in stunning colours.