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Anne’s Image of the Day: Emission Nebula NGC 1748

29 Apr 2014, 10:28 UTC
Anne’s Image of the Day: Emission Nebula NGC 1748
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April 29, 2014 NGC 1748, an emission nebula in the LMC Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Mohammad Heydari-Malayeri (Observatoire de Paris, France) NGC 1748 (also known as IC 2114 and N83B) is an emission nebula of roughly 55 light-years across in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way galaxy, located some [continue reading]

April 29, 2014
NGC 1748, an emission nebula in the LMC

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Mohammad Heydari-Malayeri (Observatoire de Paris, France)
NGC 1748 (also known as IC 2114 and N83B) is an emission nebula of roughly 55 light-years across in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way galaxy, located some 163,000 light-years away from us in the southern constellation of Dorado (the Swordfish).
Astronomers from France, the U.S., and Germany have used the Hubble Space Telescope to study the interplay between gas, dust, and radiation from the newly born stars in this nebula. This study has also uncovered several individual stars that are responsible for lighting up this cloud of gas.
The star at the very center of the nebula, just below the brightest region, is actually about 30 times more massive and almost 200,000 times brighter than ...

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