Into the storm

This shot from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a maelstrom of glowing gas and dark dust within one of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC).

This stormy scene shows a stellar nursery known as N159, an HII region over 150 light-years across. N159 contains many hot young stars. These stars are emitting intense ultraviolet light, which causes nearby hydrogen gas to glow, and torrential stellar winds, which are carving out ridges, arcs, and filaments from the surrounding material.

At the heart of this cosmic cloud lies the Papillon Nebula, a butterfly-shaped region of nebulosity. This small, dense object is classified as a High-Excitation Blob, and is thought to be tightly linked to the early stages of massive star formation.

N159 is located over 160 000 light-years away. It resides just south of the Tarantula Nebula (heic1402), another massive star-forming complex within the LMC. It was previously imaged by Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, which also resolved the Papillon Nebula for the first time.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA

About the Image

Id:potw1636a
Type:Observation
Release date:5 September 2016, 06:00
Size:5764 x 3481 px

About the Object

Name:LHA 120-N 159
Type:Local Universe : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Distance:160000 light years
Constellation:Dorado
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 39 53.88
Position (Dec):-69° 45' 12.97"
Field of view:4.80 x 2.90 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 12.8° left of vertical

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