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Watch this breathtaking Hubble image of stormy dark dust in Large Magellanic Cloud

Hubble captures this stunning image of stormy scenes in galaxy satellite of Milky Way

NASA/ESA iconic Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has captured another breathtaking image of stormy scenes of maelstrom of glowing gas and dark dust within galaxy satellite of Milky Way named the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). LMC is the third closest galaxy to the Milky Way located 163,000 light years away.

This stormy scene shows a stellar nursery known as N159, an HII region over 150 light-years across. N159 contains many hot young stars. These stars are emitting intense ultraviolet light, which causes nearby hydrogen gas to glow, and torrential stellar winds, which are carving out ridges, arcs, and filaments from the surrounding material.

At the heart of this cosmic cloud lies the Papillon Nebula, a butterfly-shaped region of nebulosity. This small, dense object is classified as a High-Excitation Blob, and is thought to be tightly linked to the early stages of massive star formation.

N159 is located over 160,000 light-years away. It resides just south of the Tarantula Nebula (heic1402), another massive star-forming complex within the LMC.  This image comes from Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys.  The region was previously imaged by Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, which also resolved the Papillon Nebula for the first time.

Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was launched back in 1990 and since then it has peeked into the deepest corners of the universe. HST is a joint venture of NASA and ESA while it is managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. At present, it is the largest telescope present in space. However, soon it will be replaced by the NASA’s James Webb Telescope which has thrice larger lens than HST.

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