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Magellanic firestorm

The Hubble Space Telescope celebrates its 100,000th orbit by capturing nearby stellar activity

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1:11pm, August 11, 2008

To celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope’s 100,000th orbit, astronomers aimed the observatory at a firestorm of stellar activity in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.

On August 10, one of Hubble’s cameras homed in on a region of gas and dust that surrounds the star cluster NGC 2074, about 170,000 light-years from Earth near the Tarantula Nebula. The nebula is one of the most intense star-forming regions in the local group of galaxies.

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