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2005-Sep-12, 04:23 PM
SUMMARY: Astronomers working with the European Southern Observatory took a series of images of the Tarantula Nebula (aka 30 Doradus), which is one of the most impressive objects in the Southern sky. Located 170,000 light-years away in the constellation of Doradus, the Tarantula Nebula got its name because the various patches of gas and dust look like the legs of a spider emanating from the central "body" of young hot stars. The gas is mainly just protons and neutrons which are kept apart by energetic radiation coming off the stars in the area.

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