In the center of this heart, is a knot
of stars so dense that it was
once thought to be a single star.
This star cluster, labeled as R136
or NGC 2070, is visible just above the center of the
image and home to a great number
of hot young stars. The energetic light from these stars continually
ionizes nebula gas, while their energetic particle wind
blows bubbles and defines intricate filaments. The above
representative-color picture of
this great LMC
nebula details its tumultuous center.
The Tarantula Nebula, also known as the 30 Doradus
nebula, is one of the largest
star-formation regions known,
and has been creating unusually strong episodes of star formation every
few million years.
Credit: ESA/NASA, ESO and Danny LaCrue