A Portrait of R136

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a panoramic portrait of a vast, sculpted landscape of gas and dust where thousands of stars are being born. This fertile star-forming region, called the 30 Doradus Nebula, has a sparkling stellar centerpiece: the most spectacular cluster of massive stars in our cosmic neighborhood of about 25 galaxies. The mosaic picture shows that ultraviolet radiation and high-speed material unleashed by the stars in the cluster, called R136 [the large blue blob left of center], are weaving a tapestry of creation and destruction, triggering the collapse of looming gas and dust clouds and forming pillar-like structures that are incubators for nascent stars.

Credit:

NASA/ESA, N. Walborn and J. Mamz-Apellaniz ( Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD), R. Barba (La Plata Observatory, La Plata, Argentina)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0121a
Type:Observation
Release date:26 July 2001, 15:00
Size:2508 x 1790 px

About the Object

Name:30 Doradus, R136
Type:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Distance:170000 light years
Constellation:Dorado
Category:Star Clusters

Image Formats

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 38 39.51
Position (Dec):-69° 5' 32.83"
Field of view:4.18 x 2.99 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 61.7° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
SII
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Ultraviolet
U
336 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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