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Close-up zoom on the star-forming region NGC 346

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A close-up zoom on the star-forming region NGC 346, the brightest star-forming region in the neighbouring Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy, some 210 000 light-years away from Earth. The light, wind and heat given off by massive stars have dispersed the glowing gas within and around this star cluster, forming a surrounding wispy nebular structure that looks like a cobweb. NGC 346 is located in the constellation Tucana (the Toucan) and spans approximately 200 light-years.



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Release date:24 February 2010, 12:00
Related releases:eso1008

About the Object

Name:Small Magellanic Cloud, SMC
Type:• X - Nebulae


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