Tarantula Nebula


Rafael Compassi

Presidente Lucena – Brazil

SW 200p, Canon T1i, Astronik CLS CCD clip filter, 31x300s ISO800

Considering its distance of about 160,000 light-years, this is an extremely luminous non-stellar object. Its luminosity is so great that if it were as close to Earth as the Orion Nebula, the Tarantula Nebula would cast shadows. In fact it is the most active starburst region known in the Local Group of galaxies. It is also one of the largest such regions in the Local Group with an estimated diameter of 200 pc.