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Anne’s Image of the Day: NGC 2014 & NGC 2020, two bright nebulae

10 Mar 2014, 15:54 UTC
Anne’s Image of the Day: NGC 2014 & NGC 2020, two bright nebulae
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March 10, 2014 NGC 2014 & NGC 2020, two bright nebulae in the LMC Image Credit: ESO NGC 2014 (irregularly-shaped and red) and its neighbor NGC 2020 (round and blue) are two brightly glowing nebulae in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy to our own Milky Way, located about 163,000 light-years away [continue reading]

March 10, 2014
NGC 2014 & NGC 2020, two bright nebulae in the LMC

Image Credit: ESO
NGC 2014 (irregularly-shaped and red) and its neighbor NGC 2020 (round and blue) are two brightly glowing nebulae in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy to our own Milky Way, located about 163,000 light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation of Dorado, (the Swordfish).
The Large Magellanic Cloud is a very active star-forming galaxy. The most massive region of star formation is 30 Doradus (also known as the Tarantula Nebula). However, one of the more intriguing stellar nurseries is NGC 2014 (also known Henize 55).
NGC 2014 is an emission nebula – made up of mostly hydrogen gas – which contains an open cluster of hot, young stars, almost hidden in the brightest part of the nebula. The energetic ultraviolet light from these stars ...

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