30 Doradus, the Tarantula Nebula, in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)

This image of 30 Doradus, the Tarantula Nebula, in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) was taken with the Curtis Schmidt telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile, as part of the Magellanic Cloud Emission Line Survey (MCELS) project. The Tarantula Nebula is a giant star-forming region, where energy from hot, young stars in the region creates dramatic voids and filaments in the surrounding gas. Located 160,000 light-years distant in the southern constellation Dorado, the LMC is considered the closest large galaxy to Earth. Because of the proximity and low foreground absorption of the LMC, it is an ideal laboratory both for studies of individual HII regions, supernova remnants, and superbubbles, and for investigations of global properties using samples of these objects. MCELS is designed to provide uniform datasets in optical emission lines that are necessary to conduct this research. The MCELS observations toward the 30 Doradus region have been used to investigate the physical properties of the HII region, examine the physical conditions of supernova remnants in the field, and study the large-scale structure of the ionized gas. This color image was produced using three separate exposures taken in hydrogen (red), sulfur (green), and oxygen (blue) filters.

Credit:

S. Points, C. Smith, R. Leiton, C. Aguilera and NOIRLab/NSF/AURA

About the Image

Id:noao-30-doradus
Type:Observation
Release date:Oct. 19, 2005, 9:59 a.m.
Related announcements:noaoann05025
Size:2168 x 2700 px

About the Object

Name:30 Doradus, LMC, Tarantula Nebula
Constellation:Mensa
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 43 45.86
Position (Dec):-70° 24' 7.44"
Field of view:144.39 x 179.82 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.9° left of vertical


Colors & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
Olll
Curtis Schmidt Telescope
Optical
Sll
Curtis Schmidt Telescope
Optical
Ha
Curtis Schmidt Telescope