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