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30 Doradus Large Mosaic

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This amazing space wallpaper reveals 30 Doradus, which is the brightest star-forming region in our galactic neighborhood and home to the most massive stars ever seen. The nebula resides 170,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small, satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. No known star-forming region in our galaxy is as large or as prolific as 30 Doradus. This image was released April 17, 2012.

Credit: NASA, ESA, ESO, D. Lennon and E. Sabbi, J. Anderson, S. E. de Mink, R. van der Marel, T. Sohn, and N. Walborn, N. Bastian, L. Bedin, E. Bressert, P. Crowther, A. de Koter, C. Evans, A. Herrero, N. Langer, I. Platais and H. Sana


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