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Dates:Nov. 5, 2018

Integration: 0

Avg. Moon age: 27.29 days

Avg. Moon phase: 5.58%


Astrometry.net job: 4071839

RA center: 5h 40' 42"

DEC center: -69° 14' 6"

Pixel scale: 5.452 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 178.210 degrees

Field radius: 2.190 degrees


Resolution: 2048x2048

Data source: Amateur hosting facility

Remote source: iTelescope

Description

Taken 11/5/18 via iTelescope remote access by Russell Kille

Location: Siding Spring Observatory, NSW, Australia / Elevation: 1165m, 3822 ft.

UTC +10:00 New South Wales, Australia

31° 16' 24" South, 149° 03' 52" East

Telescope Used: Takahashi Wide Field 4.17" / 106mm f/5 Luminance filter 5 minute exposure

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NGC 2070 Tarantula Nebula (aka. 30 Doradus) is an H II region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC).

Magnitude: 8.0

Distance Aprox: 160,000 light-years

Diameter: 1,630 light-years

Constellation: Dorado

The Tarantula Nebula was observed by Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille during an expedition to the Cape of Good Hope between 1751 and 1753. He catalogued it as the second of the "Nebulae of the First Class", "Nebulosities not accompanied by any star visible in the telescope of two feet".

The Tarantula Nebula 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 visible shadows. In fact it is the most active starburst region known in the Local Group of galaxies. It is also one of the largest H II regions in the Local Group. Bbecause of its very large size, it is sometimes described as the largest although other H II regions such as NGC 604 which is in the Triangulum Galaxy could be larger.

The nebula resides on the leading edge of the Large Magellanic Cloud where ram pressure stripping, and the compression of the interstellar medium likely resulting from this, is at a maximum.

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NGC 2070, 



    
        

            Russell Kille