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Very Large Telescope: Image Captured by Array Shows Nebula and Formation of Stars

20 May 2016, 5:55 pm

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Close-up view of the glowing gas cloud LHA 120-N55 in the Large Magellanic Cloud |

This pan video gives a close-up look at a new image of the strikingly colorful emission nebula, called LHA 120-N55 from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). Light from blazing blue stars energizes the gas left over from the stars’ recent formation to create a mantle of glowing gas. Astronomers study these beautiful displays to learn about the conditions in places where new stars develop.

Credit: European Southern Observatory (ESO)

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