NGC2070 Tarantula Nebula in H-alpha

Field centered on R.A. 05h 40' & Dec. -69° 05'


The largest, most violent star forming region known in the whole Local Group of galaxies lies in our neighboring galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). Were the Tarantula Nebula at the distance of the Orion Nebula (1,500 light-years), the nearest stellar nursery to Earth, it would appear to cover about 30 degrees on the sky or 60 full moons. First cataloged as a star, 30 Doradus is actually an immense star forming region. The region's spidery appearance is responsible for its popular name, the Tarantula Nebula, except that this tarantula is about 1,000 light-years across, and 180,000 light-years away in the southern constellation Dorado. The spindly arms of the Tarantula Nebula surround NGC 2070, a cluster that contains some of the intrinsically brightest, most massive stars known. This cosmic Tarantula also lies near the site of the closest recent supernova.(Text adapted from APOD).

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Apo Pentax SDHF75 (75/f6.7) + Vixen Sphinx SXD SBIG STL11K, binning 1x1, T=-20°C Ha (100m) Optec Ha filter

Maleene station, Mt. Magnet, W.Australia





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