Image Credit: Don Goldman

This is NGC 1760 (also known as N11 or the Dancing Squid nebula), one of the most massive, active star-forming regions located in our local corner of the universe. More specifically, this region belongs to the northern part of a neighboring dwarf-galaxy of the Milky Way; a little place you may know of as the Large Magellanic Cloud.


The intricate network of interlinking cosmic 'bubbles' extend about 1,000 light-years across, which overall make them the second largest star forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (30 Doradus - another star-forming region also located in the LMC - is the largest). In the center lies an open cluster of about 50 very massive, metal-poor blue stars that have emitted so much radiation over the course of their short lives, they have eroded a hole in the gases embedded in the stellar nursery. This cluster is formally known as LH9, yet most call them NGC 1760.


Don Goldman captured this incredible image, using an Apogee U16M camera. You can read more of the technical information about the image on his website.

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