Astronomers imagine the star birth web of a cosmic Tarantula Nebula

A composite image of the star-forming region 30 Doradus – also known as the Tarantula Nebula – reveals areas of cold gas that can collapse to form stars. (Image credit: ESO, ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/Wong et al., ESO/M.-R. Cioni/VISTA Magellanic Cloud survey.)

A recently released image of 30 Doradus, also known as the Tarantula Nebula, reveals thin cobweb-like strands of gas revealing a dramatic battle between gravity and stellar energy that could give astronomers a idea of ​​how massive stars shaped this star formation. region and why they continue to be born in this molecular cloud.

The high-resolution image of the Tarantula Nebula, located 170,000 light-years from Earth, is made up of data collected by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, the Tarantula Nebula is one of the brightest star-forming regions in our galactic backyard. It is also one of the most active in terms of the birth of new stars, some of which have masses more than 150 times greater than those of the sun. At the heart of the Large Magellanic Cloud is a stellar nursery that has given birth to 800,000 stars, including half a million hot, young, massive stars.

Leave a Comment