February 28, 2008

Star light, star bright

Swirls of gas and dust reside in this ethereal-looking region of star formation seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. This majestic view, located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), reveals a region where low-mass, infant stars and their much more massive stellar neighbors reside. A shroud of blue haze gently lingers amid the stars.

Known as LH 95, this is just one of the hundreds of star-forming systems, called associations, located in the LMC some 160,000 light-years distant. Earlier ground-based observations of such systems had only allowed astronomers to study the bright blue giant stars present in these regions. With Hubble's resolution, the low-mass stars can now be analyzed, which will allow for a more accurate calculation of their ages and masses.

C/O NASA - Image of the Day

With thanks to Hubble


  1. Star light, star bright,
    An awe-inspiring sight, alright.
    I wish I may, I wish I might,
    Gaze through the Hubble telescope tonight.

  2. Aahh, wouldn't it be something to be out there with Hubble, even for a few minutes, Kath? The sights we would see ...