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Star-Forming Region in Galaxy NGC 2366

Star-Forming Region in Galaxy NGC 2366


Depicts: NGC 2363
Copyright: Laurent Drissen, Jean-Rene Roy and Carmelle Robert (Department de Physique and Observatoire du mont Megantic, Universite Laval) and NASA

Clusters of stars and a fishhook-shaped cloud of luminescent gases glow brilliantly in NGC 2363, a giant star-forming region in the Magellanic galaxy NGC 2366.

The brightest star visible on this image (at the tip of the fishhook) is a rare class called an erupting Luminous Blue Variable (LBV). This monstrous star (30 to 60 times as massive as the Sun) is in a very unstable, eruptive phase of its life.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
25-Oct-2021 01:10 UT

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