The Tarantula Nebula


Rafael Compassi

Presidente Lucena – Brazil

80mm F/5 Triplet APO
36mm Baader filters
L: 12×300″
Ha: 32×300″
G, B: 12×150″
Captured with APT

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 visible 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.