From The European Southern Observatory
A composite of three narrow-band filter exposures of the famous Tarantula Nebula (30 Doradus) in our closest neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud. The filters are centered on the 2.166 micron Br-gamma line of atomic hydrogen (blue); the 1.644 micron [Fe II] line (green) and the 2.12 micron 1-0 S(1) line of molecular hydrogen (red). The color coding reflects the ionization state of the gas. The scale is 0.26 arcsec/pixel and the field is 4.5x4.5 arc min with North at the top and East to the left. (Color composite by F. Selman).
Based on press release with ESO PR Photo 03c/98
Catalog #: Photo 03c/98
Target Name: Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud
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Last Modified On: Saturday, December 16, 2000