Tarantula Nebula Photographed

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    NASA releases a beautiful image of the Tarantula Nebula as part of its Hubble Tarantula Treasury Project.

    The Tarantula Nebula is a region of star clusters, glowing gas, and dark dust.  A project called the Hubble Tarantuala Treasury Project is exploring and mapping this nebula to better understand its starry anatomy.  The Tarantula is located in one of our closest neighbors, the Large Magellanic Cloud.  This particular image is composed of near-infrared observations from both Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys.  The purple haze you see comes from a combination of infrared filters.  The project will continue to scan image many of the stars within the Tarantula, helping astronomers better understand the nebula's structure.