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The Tarantula in the Heavens


The Tarantula and the Supernova

Credit: Anglo-Australian Telescope photograph by David Malin
Copyright: Anglo-Australian Telescope Board

This picture shows a 'Large Magellanic Cloud', the spidery looking nebula on the left is commonly and fittingly called the 'Tarantula nebula'.

The bright star in the lower right of the picture is actually a supernova 'Supernova1987a' and is described as being 'a taste of things to come in the Tarantula nebula'.


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