Tuesday, January 22, 2013

LHA 120-N11 in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Nearly 200,000 light-years from Earth, the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, floats in space, in a long and slow dance around our galaxy. As the Milky Way's gravity gently tugs on its neighbor's gas clouds, they collapse to form new stars. In turn, these light up the gas clouds in a kaleidoscope of colors, visible in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Photo credit: NASA, ESA. Acknowledgment: Josh Lake

Note: For more information, see A Hidden Treasure in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

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