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Tarantula Nebula: NGC 2070 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which is a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way, is one of the most prominent emission nebulae in the Southern Hemisphere. Young bright stars excite the atoms of the surrounding gas to emit radiation. From this gas and the star dust from previous generations of stars new stars are born.
This image shows highly resolved the central region of this nebula with the Open Cluster of young stars which are among the brightest known.

An image with a larger field of view you find here, an even larger one here.

The image was taken at the IAS astronomical site at the Hakos farm in Namibia.

Object Tarantula Nebula
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 2070
Constellation Dorado
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/9 in corrected secondary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 10min each Baader RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code R,G,B
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 9 Apr 2010
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