Annotated wide-field view of the Tarantula Nebula (ground-based image)

This wide-field view of the Tarantula Nebula was taken with the Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the European Southern Observatory’s site at La Silla, Chile. This view shows the location of the heaviest star ever discovered (RMC 136a1, within the super star cluster RMC 136), the closest supernova to Earth to have been observed since the invention of the telescope (SN 1987a), plus the remnants of another supernova (NGC 2060). The Tarantula Nebula is the brightest nebula of its type in the local Universe.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, ESO

About the Image

Id:heic1105c
Type:Observation
Release date:15 March 2011, 10:00
Related releases:heic1105
Size:3488 x 2153 px

About the Object

Name:30 Doradus, Tarantula Nebula
Type:• Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:170000 light years

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
V
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
Oiii
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
H-alpha
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

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