Unravelling the web of a cosmic creeply-crawly

January 9, 2014 4:39 PM

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This new Hubble image is the best-ever view of a cosmic creepy-crawly known as the Tarantula Nebula, a region full of star clusters, glowing gas, and dark dust. Astronomers are exploring and mapping this nebula as part of the Hubble Tarantula Treasury Project, in a bid to try to understand its starry anatomy.

The Tarantula Nebula is located in one of our closest galactic neighbours, the Large Magellanic Cloud. Hubble has released images of this celestial spider several times before: in 2004 (heic0416 - http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic0416/), 2010 (heic1008 - http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic...

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