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|Description||Description: The Chandra image of the Tarantula Nebula gives scientists a close-up view of the drama of star formation and evolution. The Tarantula, also known as 30 Doradus, is in one of the most active star-forming regions in a galaxy close to the Milky Way. Massive stars in 30 Doradus are producing intense radiation and searing winds of multimillion-degree gas that carve out gigantic super-bubbles in the surrounding gas. Other massive stars have raced through their evolution and exploded catastrophically as supernovas, leaving behind pulsars and expanding remnants that trigger the collapse of giant clouds of dust and gas to form new generations of stars.
Creator/Photographer: Chandra X-ray Observatory
The Chandra X-ray Observatory, which was launched and deployed by Space Shuttle Columbia on July 23, 1999, is the most sophisticated X-ray observatory built to date. The mirrors on Chandra are the largest, most precisely shaped and aligned, and smoothest mirrors ever constructed. Chandra is helping scientists better understand the hot, turbulent regions of space and answer fundamental questions about origin, evolution, and destiny of the Universe. The images Chandra makes are twenty-five times sharper than the best previous X-ray telescope. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory controls Chandra science and flight operations from the Chandra X-ray Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Medium: Chandra telescope x-ray
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Repository: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Gift line: NASA/CXC/Penn State/L.TownsleyAccession number: 30dor
|Date||2 January 2009, 11:23|
|Source||Drama In The Heart Of The Tarantula (30 Doradus is one of the largest massive star forming regions close to the Milky Way.)
|Author||Smithsonian Institution from United States|
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|Image resolution in width direction||300|
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|Exif image width||3600|
|Exif image length||3600|
|Software used||Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh|
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