[astroCS] Spectacular Tarantula Nebula - stellar nursery in action (fwd)

Jiri Grygar grygar at fzu.cz
Thu Dec 9 19:47:36 UTC 2004

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Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 16:38:12 -0300
From: QUASAR CHILE <contact at quasarchile.cl>
Subject: Spectacular Tarantula Nebula - stellar nursery in action

30 Doradus, which is also known as the Tarantula nebula because
of its shape, is one of the most fascinating gaseous nebulae in the sky.
Its size is enormous, and the mass of its luminous gas amounts to half
a million solar masses. Some astronomers believe that 30 Doradus is
the nucleus of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). If that is true, it
would be unique among galactic nuclei by being so lightly obscured, and
therefore so favourably placed for astrophysical studies, including by
optical methods.

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