Astronomy Picture of the Day (Unofficial)

Astronomy Picture of the Day for 2022-04-12 12:30:03.697328

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2022 April 12
The featured image shows the dark nebula N11 which
appears in the Large Magellanic Cloud -- a satellite galaxy
of our Milky Way. 
Please see the explanation for more detailed information.

N11: Star Clouds of the LMC
Image Credit: NASA, ESA; Processing: Josh Lake

Explanation: Massive stars, abrasive winds, mountains of dust, and energetic light sculpt one of the largest and most picturesque regions of star formation in the Local Group of Galaxies. Known as N11, the region is visible on the upper right of many images of its home galaxy, the Milky Way neighbor known as the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). The featured image was taken for scientific purposes by the Hubble Space Telescope and reprocessed for artistry. Although the section imaged above is known as NGC 1763, the entire N11 emission nebula is second in LMC size only to the Tarantula Nebula. Compact globules of dark dust housing emerging young stars are also visible around the image. A recent study of variable stars in the LMC with Hubble has helped to recalibrate the distance scale of the observable universe, but resulted in a slightly different scale than found using the pervasive cosmic microwave background.

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