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  Tarantula Nebula - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Tarantula Nebula (also known as 30 Doradus, or NGC 2070) is an H II region in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
The closest supernova since the invention of the telescope, Supernova 1987A, occurred in the outskirts of the Tarantula Nebula.
Also notable among the denizens of the Tarantula zone are several dark clouds invading the nebula's outer limits as well as the dense cluster of stars NGC 2100 at the extreme left edge of the picture.
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Tarantula_Nebula   (297 words)

 Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070, 30 Doradus)
The largest and brightest emission nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and one of the largest emission nebulae known; it lies at the eastern end of the LMC’s stellar bar.
Also known as the Looped Nebula (a name that goes back to John Herschel), it is roughly 100 times larger than the famous Orion Nebula but is illuminated in the same way: by the ultraviolet radiation from a collection of hot, young, massive stars embedded within it.
Several OB associations have been observed inside the Tarantula, including the extremely luminous and compact cluster R136 near its center; it is a hotbed of Wolf-Rayet stars.
www.daviddarling.info /encyclopedia/T/Tarantula_Nebula.html   (225 words)

 Multiwavelength 30 Doradus - Tarantula Nebula
The nebula is found in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a nearby neighbor galaxy to the Milky Way.
The Tarantula is a splendid example of an H-II region, where hydrogen gas is ionized (i.e., it loses an electron) by visible-light and ultraviolet photons from the embedded bright stars.
The fainter (green) emission in the center of the image, and to the immediate south, is the faint glow from a population of other older and weaker SNR distributed throughout the cluster.
coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu /cosmic_classroom/multiwavelength_astronomy/multiwavelength_museum/30dor.html   (902 words)

 Hubble Space Telescope, Thumbnail Views page 3
The object is classified as a planetary nebula, the glowing remains of a dying, lightweight star.
Hodge 301, Tarantula nebula: In the most active starburst region in the local universe lies a cluster of brilliant, massive stars, known to astronomers as Hodge 301, seen in the lower right hand corner of this image.
Hodge 301, within Tarantula is not the brightest, or youngest, or most populous star cluster in the nebula — that honor goes to the spectacular R136 (center right of this image).
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 Tarantula Nebula -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Tarantula Nebula (also known as 30 Doradus, or NGC 2070) is an (Click link for more info and facts about H II region) H II region in the (The larger of the two Magellanic Clouds visible from the southern hemisphere) Large Magellanic Cloud.
The Tarantula Nebula has an (Click link for more info and facts about apparent magnitude) apparent magnitude of 8.
Considering its distance of about 160,000 (The distance that light travels in a vacuum in 1 year; 5.88 trillion miles or 9.46 trillion kilometers) light years, this is an extremely luminous object.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/T/Ta/Tarantula_Nebula.htm   (390 words)

 Universe Today - Tarantula Nebula in Detail
The Tarantula Nebula is one of the most impressive views in the Southern sky, cf.
While the central regions of 30 Doradus may be compared to a tarantula, the entangled filaments in the outskirts of this nebula - some of which are seen in PR Photo 34a/04 - could well be likened with its cobweb.
The large ring-shaped nebula slightly to the lower-left (South-East) of the centre of PR 34a/04 is known as DEM L 299 [1].
www.universetoday.com /am/publish/printer_tarantula_nebula_detail.html   (986 words)

 APOD Search Results for "tarantula"
Tarantula Nebula is a giant emission nebula within our neighboring galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud.
An evocative nebula in the southern sky, the sprawling cosmic Tarantula is an energetic star forming region some 168,000 light-years distant in our neighboring galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Visible on the lower left of the LMC is the Tarantula Nebula (in red).
antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov /cgi-bin/apod/apod_search?tarantula   (2332 words)

 APOD: October 26, 1999 - 30 Doradus: The Tarantula Nebula   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Tarantula Nebula, except that this tarantula is about 1,000 light-years across, and 165,000 light-years away in the southern constellation
If it were at the distance of the Orion Nebula, the nearest stellar nursery to Earth, it would appear to cover about 30 degrees on the sky or about 60 full moons.
The spindly arms of the Tarantula Nebula surround the NGC 2070 star cluster which contains some of the intrinsically brightest, most massive stars known.
antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov /apod/ap991026.html   (164 words)

 Station Information - Tarantula Nebula
The Tarantula Nebula is a diffuse nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Also known as NGC 2070, it was originally thought to be a star, subsequently named 30 Doradus.
In 1751, Abbe Lacaille recognized its nebula nature.
www.stationinformation.com /encyclopedia/t/ta/tarantula_nebula.html   (248 words)

 DOC NGC 2070 Tarantula Nebula   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
This is the only mode in which correct monographs can be executed of nebulae of this kind which consist of complicated windings and ill-defined members obliterated by the smallest illumination of the field of view; and in which the small stars, when very numerous, can be mapped down with tolerable precision.
The nebula itself (as seen in the 20-feet reflector) is of the milky or irresolvable kind - quite as free from any mottling or incipient stellar appearance as any other nebula which I can remember to have examined with that instrument.
Mr Dunlop remarks that 'The 30 Doradus is surrounded by a number of nebulae of considerable magnitudes, nine or ten in number, with the 30 Doradus in the centre.', of which nebulae he gives a figured representation.
www.saao.ac.za /assa/html/doc_ngc_2070__tarantula_nebula.html   (930 words)

 JPL News -- Stormy Cloud of Star Birth Glows in New Spitzer Image
Spitzer's heat-sensing "infrared eyes" have pierced the veiled core of the Tarantula Nebula to provide an unprecedented peek at massive newborn stars.
One such dusty object is the Tarantula Nebula.
While other telescopes have highlighted the nebula's spidery filaments and its star-studded core, none was capable of fully penetrating its dust-enshrouded pockets of younger stars.
www.jpl.nasa.gov /releases/2004/17.cfm   (416 words)

 40-Year-Old Time Machine Captures Space Spider   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
If the Tarantula Nebula were at the same distance as the glowing gas clouds lit by young stars in Orion (visible as a 'fuzzy star' in Orion's sword through binoculars), it would be as bright as the full moon and would cover an area of sky 60 times the apparent diameter of the moon.
Since the Tarantula Nebula is 170 000 light years away, we see it as it was 170 000 years ago.
A different filter combination would have shown how much of the nebula is dominated by the red light given off by excited hydrogen atoms (the most abundant element in the universe).
www.saao.ac.za /news/tarantula.html   (337 words)

 Bring in the Clouds :: Astrobiology Magazine :: Search for Life in the Universe
Summary (Dec 10, 2004): The Tarantula Nebula is a stunning example of turbulent mixing--an energetic display of dust and voids that gives this region of the southern sky its spider-like legs.
The intricate appearance of the filaments is mostly a consequence of turbulence in the interstellar gas, of the magnetic fields, and of the energy input by the massive stars in the neighborhood.
Detailed investigations of a large ring-shaped nebula show that it represents an "interstellar bubble" which was "blown" by supernovae explosions, most probably happening millions of years ago, as massive stars near the center of this structure ended their comparatively short lives in glorious flashes.
www.astrobio.net /news/article1339.html   (1319 words)

 Catalog Page for PIA05062
At the heart of the nebula is a compact cluster of stars, known as R136, which contains very massive and young stars.
The Tarantula Nebula is the nearest example of a 'starburst' phenomenon, in which intense episodes of star formation occur on massive scales.
Spitzer infrared observations of the Tarantula provide astronomers with an unprecedented view of the lifecycle of massive stars and their vital role in regulating the birth of future stellar and planetary systems.
photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov /catalog/PIA05062   (469 words)

 APOD: 2004 December 28 - Tentacles of the Tarantula Nebula   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In this impressive color image from the Wide-Field Imager camera on ESO's 2.2-meter telescope at La Silla Observatory, intricacies of the nebula's complex array of dust and gas are visible.
A 300 light-year portion of the Tarantula Nebula is imaged.
The Tarantula Nebula, also dubbed 30 Doradus, lies 170,000 light years away toward the constellation of Dorado.
www.bonus.com /contour/Astronomy_Picture_Day/http@@/antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap041228.html   (189 words)

 UNIVERSE - Journal of The Astronomical Society of New South Wales Inc.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
At the moment there are enough stars in the Tarantula Nebula to illuminate this extraordinary region of gas which is around 900 light years across.
If stars have been forming within the Tarantula Nebula during the lifetime of the LMC then the nebula has a very good claim to be called the nucleus of the galaxy.
Even as we observe the nebula today it is the most enormous accumulation of glowing hydrogen within the Large Magellanic Cloud and I would have no hesitation in calling it the heart of the galaxy.
www.asnsw.com /universe/1998/sspm-1098.htm   (673 words)

 Hawaiian Astronomical Society -- Dorado
Offset from the center of the LMC is the Tarantula Nebula (NGC2070, Bennett 35, Caldwell 103).
This is the only extragalactic nebula visible to the unaided eye and is striking when seen in medium to large telescopes.
Measurements indicate that this nebula is actually the core of the LMC even though it appears to be off-center (on the SE side of the LMC) from the rest of the galaxy.
www.hawastsoc.org /deepsky/dor   (1445 words)

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This star cluster is not the brightest, or youngest, or most populous star cluster in the Tarantula Nebula -- that honor goes to the spectacular R136.
This high speed ejecta are plowing into the surrounding Tarantula Nebula, shocking and compressing the gas into a multitude of sheets and filaments, seen in the upper left portion of the picture.
Also present near the center of the image are small, dense gas globules and dust columns where new stars are being formed today, as part of the overall ongoing star formation throughout the Tarantula region.
www.eznow.net /000/000027.info   (234 words)

 Image of the Day
Sitting outside the Milky Way in the Large Magellanic Cloud is the Tarantula nebula, containing the most active region of star formation in our local region of the universe.
Even though the nebula is 170,000 light-years away, Tarantula can be seen clearly by the naked eye as a large milky patch in the southern sky.
Astronomers believe the nebula, also known as 60 Doradus, is going through a particularly violent period in its life cycle after several close encounters with our own Milky Way galaxy.
www.space.com /imageoftheday/image_of_day_041215.html   (237 words)

 : Tarantula, review at WorldSSP.net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
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NGC 2070, the Tarantula Nebula (30 Doradus) - InfoRank:
The Tarantula Nebula NGC 2070 was first cataloged as a star, 30 Doradus.
www.worldssp.net /webinfo_m.asp?proid=10590   (417 words)

Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and its surroundings.
Seen far down in the southern sky at a distance of about 170,000 light-years, this beautiful nebula measures more than 1000 light-years across and extends over more than one third of a degree, almost, but not quite the size of the full moon.
Tarantula Nebula were obtained with the Wide-Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-m telescope at the La Silla Observatory.
www.eso.org /outreach/press-rel/pr-2002/phot-14-02.html   (1276 words)

 Iran Daily   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The biggest star-forming region in the local universe, the Tarantula Nebula also ranks among the most stunning sights astronomy.com said.
While the Orion and Eta Carinae nebulae are a couple of thousand light-years away, the Tarantula is a whopping 170,000 light-years distant.
One of the two recently released images shows the nebula's tangled central regions as seen by the Amateur astronomer Danny LaCrue recently sifted through this data and found that 15 exposures taken with the telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 could be combined into a dramatic mosaic.
www.iran-daily.com /1383/2168/html/science.htm   (1040 words)

 In Tarantula territory
The largest emission nebula in the sky, the Tarantula Nebula (also known as NGC 2070 or 30 Doradus) is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), one of the satellite galaxies to our own Milky Way system.
It is a splendid object with a central cluster of hot and luminous young stars that powers strong emission from hydrogen and oxygen gas, making the Tarantula Nebula an easy and impressive target for observations, even with the unaided eye.
This emission is excited by the strong ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted by hot young stars in the central cluster (known as "R136") which were born 2-3 million years ago at the heart of the Tarantula Nebula.
www.eurekalert.org /pub_releases/2002-06/eso-itt061002.php   (452 words)

 The Tarantula Nebula
This object is the only extragalactic star-forming nebula that can be seen with the unaided eye.
A small telescope reveals spindly tendrils of glowing gas, which have been likened to the legs of a spider.
The "body" of the spider is the bright nebula seen at the center of the photograph.
pandora.nla.gov.au /pan/10378/20011004/www.questacon.edu.au/html/tarantula.html   (51 words)

 Tarantula nebula and 30 Doradus in stereoscopic 3d
This was prepared by the astronomers who were responsible for the original Hubble Space Telescope image of this highly active area in the Tarantula nebula.
The Tarantula Nebula is in a nearby small galaxy: the Large Magellanic Cloud.
The pillars and knots are the same sort of structures already seen in 3D in the rosette nebula.
www.kiwizone.org /astro/3dastro/doradus.html   (508 words)

 Diffuse Nebulae
From the physical viewpoint, the nebulae are an early stage of evolution of star clusters.
Diffuse nebulae were longly be considered as distant, unresolved star clusters or star clouds, until in the 1860s spectroscopy revealed their gaseous nature by showing line spectra, in particular due to the pioneering research of William Huggins.
Of Messier's nebulae, M78 is the only pure reflection nebula, and the first of these objects to be discovered; its nature as a reflection nebula was revealed in 1919, again by V.M. Slipher.
www.seds.org /messier/diffuse.html   (547 words)

 ESA - Science - Extreme space - The Tarantula Nebula (30 Doradus)
The Tarantula is situated 170 000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) in the southern sky and is clearly visible to the naked eye as a large milky patch.
The shockwave from this explosion has compressed the gas in the Tarantula into the filaments and sheets that are seen around the cluster.
This mosaic of the Tarantula Nebula consists of images from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) and was created by 23 year old amateur astronomer Danny LaCrue.
www.esa.int /esaSC/SEMUXM2AR2E_extreme_3.html   (350 words)

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