Image: Hubble catches detail of the Large Magellanic Cloud

Mar 07, 2014
Credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Gouliermis/University of Heidelberg

(Phys.org) —This stunning new Hubble image shows a small part of the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of the closest galaxies to our own. This collection of small baby stars, most weighing less than the sun, form a young stellar cluster known as LH63.

This cluster is still half-embedded in the cloud from which it was born, in a bright star-forming region known as the emission nebula LHA 120-N 51, or N51. This is just one of the hundreds of star-forming regions filled with young stars spread throughout the Large Magellanic Cloud.

The burning red intensity of the nebulae at the bottom of the picture illuminates wisps of gas and dark dust, each spanning many light-years. Moving up and across, become visible as sparse specks of light, giving the impression of pin-pricks in a cosmic cloak.

Looking for and at low-mass stars can help us to understand how stars behave when they are in the early stages of formation, and can give us an idea of how the Sun might have looked billions of years ago.

Explore further: Image: A storm of stars in the Trifid nebula

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