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N11B star-forming region, in the Large Magellanic Cloud
- Title N11B star-forming region, in the Large Magellanic Cloud
- Released 01/07/2004 2:00 pm
- Copyright NASA/ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)/HEIC
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of star birth in a neighbouring galaxy in this view of glowing gas, dark dust clouds, and young hot stars. The star-forming region, catalogued as N11B lies in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), located only 160 000 light-years from Earth.
One neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), lies in the constellation of Dorado and contains a number of regions harbouring recent and ongoing star formation. One of these star-forming regions, N11B, is shown in this Hubble image. It is a subregion within a larger area of star formation called N11. N11 is the second largest star-forming region in LMC.
It is only surpassed in the size and activity by ‘the king of stellar nurseries’, 30 Doradus, located at the opposite side of LMC.