Nebula NGC 2080, nicknamed the 'Ghost Head Nebula'

The 'Ghost Head Nebula' is one of a chain of star-forming regions lying south of the 30 Doradus nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Two bright regions (the 'eyes of the ghost'), named A1 (left) and A2 (right), are very hot, glowing 'blobs' of hydrogen and oxygen. The bubble in A1 is produced by the hot, intense radiation and powerful stellar wind from a single massive star. A2 has a more complex appearance due to the presence of more dust, and it contains several hidden, massive stars. The massive stars in A1 and A2 must have formed within the last 10 000 years since their natal gas shrouds are not yet disrupted by the powerful radiation of the newly born stars.

Credit:

ESA, NASA, & Mohammad Heydari-Malayeri (Observatoire de Paris, France)

About the Image

Id:heic0114a
Type:Observation
Release date:18 October 2001, 15:00
Related releases:heic0114
Size:1348 x 1348 px

About the Object

Name:Ghost Head Nebula, NGC 2080
Type:• Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:170000 light years

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