The tarantula

Rafael Compassi
Location of photo
Presidente Lucena - Brazil
Date/Time of photo
SW 200p (8" F/5) Canon T1i (modded) Astronomik CLS CCD clip filter 31x300" ISO800
The Tarantula Nebula has an apparent magnitude of 8. 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.
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