Picture of the Day: Another View of 30 Doradus, Where Stars Are Made

By Rebecca J. Rosen

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Yesterday in celebration Hubble's 22 years in orbit we featured an incredible mosaic image of 30 Doradus, an area some 170,000 light years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby satellite galaxy. Above is another, but this image includes data from the three "Great Observatories" currently in orbit -- the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and, of course, Hubble. Each telescope is able to "see" different wavelengths of light and, therefore, different objects in space. In the above image of this star nursery, Hubble observations are in green and capture the light from stars, Chandra shows X-rays from super-hot gases in blue, and Spitzer shows cooler gas and dust in red.

Below, recent Pictures of the Day:

Image: NASA.

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