Picture of the Day: Our Neighbor, the Tarantula Nebula

doradus.jpg

Also known as 30 Doradus, this star-forming region is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, the third closest galaxy to the Milky Way. There are approximately 2,400 stars at the center of the nebula, creating powerful radiation and winds. The above image is a composite of information from two of NASA's Great Observatories, the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope. In the picture, the pockets of blue are multi-million degree gas, detected by Chandra in X-ray, emitted by the stellar winds and supernova explosions. The orange swirls, detected in infrared by Spitzer, are cooler gases and dust.

Below, recent Pictures of the Day:

Image: NASA.

Presented by

Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A Stop-Motion Tour of New York City

A filmmaker animated hundreds of still photographs to create this Big Apple flip book

Video

The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"

Video

This Japanese Inn Has Been Open For 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.

Video

What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.

More in Technology

Just In