Astronomers Are Investigating This Nebula Where Stars Are Being Born

 a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way — and is famous for being one of the first targets imaged by the now-retired Spitzer Space Telescope when it launched in 2003 (via NASA)

 astronomers are once again studying the Tarantula Nebula, also known as 30 Doradus, to understand how stars form there

Around 170,000 light-years away, the nebula is a bustling region and plays host to the largest-known stars in our galaxy.

It is also one of the busiest regions for star formation, making it an ideal place to study how they are born.

Stars are born when clouds of dust and gas form into clumps, and these clumps attract more material because of their gravity.

the stars which are born can affect the structure of a nebula in turn as well.

The spidery shape of the Tarantula Nebula's gas clouds show cold, dense gas that has the potential to collapse and form new stars

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