Image Credit: NASA/ESA Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/HEIC)

This star forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), called N11B, can be found in the constellation of Dorado — some 160,000 light-years from Earth.

This nebula given that designation is merely an inch of a much larger star forming complex; dubbed N11B. It just so happens to be one of the largest star forming regions ever identified. In fact, it's second in size only to 30 Doradus (also called the Tarantula nebula), which can be found on the other side of the LMC.

Furthermore, N11B is a particularly interesting target for astronomers because it shows three distinct phases of star formation. One of the most visible right now is the emergence of the globular cluster pictured in the upper-right.

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