|Picture Scramble # 127
||21 August 2001
Portrait of a Vast Star-Forming Region
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a panoramic
portrait of a vast, sculpted landscape of gas and dust where
thousands of stars are being born.
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This fertile star-forming region, called the 30 Doradus Nebula,
has a sparkling stellar centerpiece: the most
spectacular cluster of massive stars in our cosmic neighborhood
of about 25 galaxies.
The mosaic picture shows that ultraviolet radiation and
high-speed material unleashed
by the stars in the cluster, called R136 [the large
blue blob left of center], are
weaving a tapestry of creation and destruction,
triggering the collapse of looming gas
and dust clouds and forming pillar-like structures that
are incubators for nascent
(Picture Courtesy of NASA/STScI.)
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