IMAGE: Star Formation in the Tarantula Nebula. Gorgeous.

The  Tarantula Nebula ain’t fucking around, no sir. No ma’am. In fact, it’s the most violent star forming region in the whole goddamn local group of galaxies. Thanks to the  Hubble Space Telescope, you can see allllll sorts of crazy shit going on in this picture.


The largest, most violent star forming region known in the whole Local Group of galaxies lies in our neighboring galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). Were the Tarantula Nebula at the distance of the Orion Nebula — a local star forming region — it would take up fully half the sky. Also called 30 Doradus, the red and pink gas indicates a massive emission nebula, although supernova remnants and dark nebula also exist there. The bright knot of stars left of center is called R136 and contains many of the most massive, hottest, and brightest stars known. The above image is one of the largest mosaics ever created by observations of the Hubble Space Telescope and has revealed unprecedented details of this enigmatic star forming region. The image is being released to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of Hubble’s launch.

Well done, Hubble. Even being legally able to drink, you continue to make great life choices and bring us the goods.