Multiple Generations of Stars in the Tarantula Nebula

The star cluster Hodge 301 is an old cluster. Many of its stars have already exploded as supernovae. The filaments in the upper left corner have been compressed by the explosions of these stars. Elsewhere in the picture news stars are being born.

In the most active starburst region in the local universe lies a cluster of brilliant, massive stars, known to astronomers as Hodge 301.

Hodge 301, seen in the lower right hand corner of this image, lives inside the Tarantula Nebula in our galactic neighbor, the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Credit:

Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA/ESA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9912a
Type:Observation
Release date:1 April 1999, 07:00
Size:1076 x 1087 px

About the Object

Name:30 Doradus Nebula, Hodge 301, R136, Tarantula Nebula
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
• Local Universe : Nebula
• X - Star Clusters Images/Videos
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:170000 light years

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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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