This cloudy, turbulent scene acquired by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2017 shows a stellar nursery within the Large Magellanic Cloud. This nursery, known as N159, contains many hot young stars. These stars emit intense ultraviolet light, which causes nearby hydrogen gas to glow, and torrential stellar winds, which carve out ridges, arcs, and filaments from the surrounding material. N159 is located over 160,000 light-years away, just south of the Tarantula Nebula.

At the heart of this cosmic cloud lies the Papillon Nebula, a butterfly-shaped region of nebulosity. This small, dense object is classified as a High-Excitation Blob, and is thought to be tightly linked to the early stages of massive star formation.

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Text credit: European Space Agency


这张由哈勃太空望远镜在2017年拍摄的多云、湍流场景显示了大麦哲伦星云内的恒星托儿所。这个被称为N159的托儿所包含了许多炙热的年轻恒星。这些恒星发出强烈的紫外线,导致附近的氢气发光,以及猛烈的恒星风,从周围的物质中雕刻出山脊,弧线和细丝。NN159位于160,000光年之外,狼蛛星云的正南方。

这片宇宙云的中心是蝴蝶星云,一个蝴蝶状的星云区域。这个小而密集的天体被归类为高激发团,被认为与大质量恒星形成的早期阶段紧密相关。

图片来源:ESA/Hubble & NASA
文字来源:欧洲航天局

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