A Butterfly-Shaped 'Papillon Nebula' Yields Secrets of Massive Star Birth

A NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope view of a turbulent cauldron of starbirth, called N159, taking place 170, 000 light-years away in our satellite galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC).

Credit:

M. Heydari-Malayeri (Paris Observatory) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9923c
Type:Observation
Release date:10 June 1999, 15:00
Size:448 x 442 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 05240-6948, Large Magellanic Cloud, LMC, N159
Type:• Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:170000 light years

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
OII
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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