Astronomy Picture of the Day

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October 11, 1995
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LMC Star Clouds
Credit: NASA, Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope

Explanation: Pictured above are clouds of young stars forming an arc in the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud, the nearest galaxy to the our Milky Way Galaxy. These stars are situated in a star forming region known as N 51. The stars are so young they shine mostly in blue and ultraviolet light, and so massive their lifetimes are only millions of years - much shorter than the billions of years of lower mass stars like our Sun. This picture was taken in ultraviolet light by NASA's Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope in March 1995. The reason the arc has the observed shape is currently unknown.

Tomorrow's picture: HH-47 Star Jet

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